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PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
COHASSET m 02025 




COHASSET 

TOWN REPORT 
1999 



1999 marked the 150th anniversary of the shipwreck of the Brig St. John of 
Galway, Ireland, on "The Grampuses" of Cohasset's rocky shoreline. 
The St. John was carry Irish emigrants from the Counties Galway and Clare 
who were seeking refuge from the Irish Famine. 

Of those aboard the brig, ninety-nine perished and just over twenty survived. 
Entire famihes were lost. Some forty-five of those who perished are buried in 
a grave in Central Cemetery marked by a Celtic cross erected by the ancient 
Order of Hibernians 



(Cover design furnished by the Cohasset Historical Society.) 



PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
COHASSET MA 02025 

ANNUAL REPORT 

of the 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 
of the FINANCLVL AFFAIRS 

of the 

TOWN OF COHASSET 

Reports of the School Committee 

and the 
Report of Other Town Officers 




FOR THE YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31 
1999 



Town ofCohasset 

Incorporated 1770 
Population January 1999 - 7,806 



Tenth Congressional District 
Representative William D, Delahunt 



Norfolk and Plymouth Senatorial District 
Senator Robert L. Hedlund 



Third Plymouth Representational District 
Representative Mary Jeanette Murray, Cohasset 



Annual Town Meeting 
Last Saturday in March 



Election of OfBcers 
Within 35 days of the Annual Town Meeting 



INMEMORIAM 



Nancy E. Knight -- February 10, 1999 

Library Clerk 

Thomas Gerard Keating -- February 20, 1999 

Council on Elder Affairs 

Director of Veterans' Affairs 

Veterans' Burial Agent 

Anna Cornelia L. O'MaUey - February 28, 1999 

Bylaw Committee 

Raymond G. Buckley - March 6, 1999 

Election Officer 

Constance S. Jones -- March 7, 1999 

Assistant Town Clerk 
Assistant Librarian 

Thomas J, Lucas -- March 12, 1999 

School Teacher 

Dorothea Bjorkgren -- April 30, 1999 

Election Officer 

Council of Elder Affairs 

Housing Partnership Committee 

Robert A. Leonard -- September 21, 1999 

Plumbing & Gas Inspector 
Planning Board 

Ann E. Leonard - November 12, 1999 

Election Officer 



ELECTED OFFICIALS - TOWN OF COHASSET 

SELECTMEN - 3 YEAR TERM TERM EXPIRES 

Diane C. Sullivan 2000 

Merle S. Brown 2001 

Thomas J. Callahan 2001 

Roseanne M. McMonis 2002 

Frederick Koed 2002 

MODERATOR -- 3 YEAR TERM 

George L. Marlette, III 2002 

TOWN CLERK - 3 YEAR TERM 

Marion L. Douglas 2002 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE - 3 YEAR TERM 

Kathleen A. Ofsthun 2000 

Betsy Connolly 2000 

Mark G. DeGiacomo 2001 

Patricia C. Martin 2001 

Stephanie B. Noble 2002 

TRUSTEES PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY - 3 YEAR TERM 

Agnes McCann 2000 

Carol A. Riley 2000 

Patience G. Towle 2000 

June S. Hubbard 2001 

Sarah R. Pease 2001 

Barbara M. Power 2001 

Sheila S. Evans 2002 

Roger L. Lowe 2002 

Roger S. Whitley 2002 

ASSESSORS - 3 YEAR TERM 

Michael C. Patrolia ^ 2000 

Elsa Miller 2001 

William B. Smith 2002 

BOARD OF HEALTH — 3 YEAR TERM 

Alix P White 2000 

Stephen N. Bobo 2001 

Robin M. Lawrence 2002 



COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY - 5 YEAR TERM 

Stephen R Wigmore 2000 

John D. Muncey 2001 

Ralph Peroncello 2002 

Ann Barrett 2004 
Richard J. Silvia (appointed by Governor) term expires July 28, 1997 

PLANNING BOARD -- 5 YEAR TERM 

John R O'Toole 2000 

Terry J. Atherton 2001 

Alfred S. Moore, Jr. 2002 

Robert H. Sturdy 2003 

William J. Good 2004 

RECREATION COMMISSION -- 5 YEAR TERM 

Stephen Endris 2000 

Thomas Wigmore 2001 

Lillian Murray Curley 2002 

David R. Marks 2002 

Mary K. Muncey 2002 

Richard Barrow 2003 

Anthony J. Carbone 2004 

SEWER COMMISSIONERS - 3 YEAR TERM 

R. Gary Vanderweil, Jr. 2000 

Henry A. Rattenbury 2001 

Raymond Kasperowicz 2003 

WATER COMMISSIONERS -- 3 YEAR TERM 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 2000 

Robert E. Kassameyer 2001 

Richard D. Muncey 2002 



TOWN OFFICERS APPOINTED BY TOWN MANAGER 



ADA Co-ordinator Term Expires 

Robert M. Egan 2000 

Town Accountant 

J. Michael Buckley, Jr. 2001 

Town Manager 

Mark W. Haddad (appointed 8/1/97) 

Treasurer-Collector 

Joseph D. Buckley 2000 

Chief of Police 

Brian W. Noonan 2001 

Sergeants of Police Under Civil Service 

Robert W. Jackson 
David J. Pomarico 
John C. Conte 
David C. Cogill 

Patrolmen Under Civil Service 

Lawrence D. Ainslie 
Thomas O. DaSilva 
Frederick H. Grassie 
Garrett A. Hunt 
Paul J. Laugelle 
Gregory J. Lennon 
Lisa M. Matos 
Shellee L. Peters 
William P. Quigley 
John H. Small 
Christy J. Tarantino 
Jeffrey R. Treanor 
Richard Yocum 

Lockup Keepers 

Brian W. Noonan 
Robert W. Jackson 

Animal Control Officer 

Paul W. Murphy (appointed 10/20/98) 1999 



D.P.W. Superintendent 

Harold W. Litchfield (Appointed 4/1/96) 

Director of Civil Defense and Emergency Preparedness 

Arthur H. Lehr, Jr. 



2000 



2000 



Fire Chief 

Roger W. Lincoln 



2002 



Hazardous Waste Coordinator 

Roger W. Lincoln 

Fire Department Under Civil Service 

James Lee Gurry 
James P. Runey 
Robert D. Silvia 
Mark H. Trask 
Paul T. Bilodeau 
James F. Curley 
Edward M. Corbo 
John J. Dockray 
Thomas P. Finegan 
James E. Fiori 
John M. Heman 
William T. Litchfield 
Francis X. Mahoney, Jr. 
Matthew B. Man- 
Laura C. Morrison 
Philip A. Pratt 
Robert F. Protulis 
William J. Protulis 
Randall W. Rosano 
Edward J. Struzik 
Eric Wenzlow 



Captain/EMT 

Captain 

Captain/EMT 

Captain 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter 

Firefighter EMT 

Firefighter 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter/EMT 

EMT/Paramedic 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter/EMT 

Firefighter 

Firefighter 

Firefighter 

Firefighter/EMT 



Forest Warden 

Roger W. Lincoln 

Building Inspector/Zoning Officer 

Robert M. Egan 2000 

Plumbing and Gas Inspector (Appointed by Building Inspector) 

William Higgins 2000 



Town Counsel 

Paul R. DeRensis 



1999 



Sealer of Weights and Measures 

Paul L. Migliaccio 2000 

Keeper of Town Clock 

Noel A. Ripley 2000 

Measurer of Wood and Bark 

Lot E. Bates, Jr. 2000 

Director of Veterans' Affairs and Burial Agent 

Noel A. Ripley 2000 

Constable 

Maria A. Plante 2000 

Clifton B. Jones (Backup) 2001 

Inspector of Public Buildings 

Robert M. Egan 2000 

Roger W. Lincoln 

Fence Viewers 

Grace A. Donohue 2000 

KearinA. Dunn 2000 

Glenn A. Pratt 2000 

Harbor Master 

John H. Winters HI 

Assistant Harbor Masters 

CUfford J. Dickson 2000 

David R. Marks, Jr. 2000 

Thomas W. Wigmore 2000 

Robert D. Baggs (Temp.) 1999 

Christy J. Tarantino, Jr. (Temp.) 1999 

Robert A. Johnson (Temp.) 1998 

Lorren S. Gibbons 2000 

William Kelly 2000 

Shellfish Constables 

Clifford J. Dickson 2000 

Rocco F. Laugelle, Deputy 2000 

John H. Winters in. Harbor Master, Deputy 
Robert D. Baggs, Temp. Asst. Harbor Master, Deputy 

Town Archivist 

David H. Wadsworth 2000 



Custodian of Town Hall 

Joseph E. Cochran (appointed 9/2/97) 

Board of Tree, Park and Cemetery Commissioners 

Members of the Board of Selectmen 

Tree, Park and Cemetery Superintendent 

Peter G. Laugelle 1999 

Caretakers 

Herbert L. Marsh - Woodside, Beechwood, Perkins, and Cedar Street Cemeteries 



BOARDS, COMMISSIONS, COMMITTEES AND REPRESENTATIVES 
APPOINTED BY THE BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Advisory Board on County Expenditures 

Merle S. Brown 1999 

Arts Lottery Council 

Nancy D. Connolly, Chairman (final term) 1998 

Michael R. Westcott 1999 

David T. Lehr 1999 

Shirley T. Tewksbur 2001 

Jane L. O'Brien (final term) 1998 

Florence A. Jerome 2001 

Mary A. Foley 2001 

Diane M. Kennedy 2001 

Cable T. V. CouncU (DISBANDED 5/25/99) 

Thomas W. Wigmore (Recreation) 2001 

Marjorie A. Murphy (School) 1998 

Elizabeth J. Maree (Citizen) 2000 

Patience G. Towle (Library) 1999 

Call Firefighters Committee 

Bruce W.Pratt 
Robert D. Silvia 

Cemetery Study Committee 

Joseph L. Jerz 
James H. Oilman 
Julianna D. Hassan 
Joseph M. Curley 
Glenn A. Pratt 

Civilian Dispatch Committee 

Brian W. Noonan - Police Chief 
Roger W. Lincoln - Fire Chief 
Mark W. Haddad - Town Manager 

Civil Rights Compliance Officer 

Mark W. Haddad (appointed 8/1/97) 



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Cohasset Common Historic District Commission 

Richard E. Horn (District resident), Chairman 2001 

David Buick (District resident) 2000 

Gail Parks (Alternate - District resident) 2000 

Mary Jane Larson (District resident) 2000 

Mary C. Hartshome (Historical Society-resigned 2/20/99) 2001 

Jacqueline B. Clark (licensed realtor) 2000 

Garry W. Gardner (Architect) 2001 

Don A. Adkins (Alternate) 2001 

Marjorie Hovorka (Historical Society) 2001 

Computer Advisory Committee 

Mary E. McEkoy 2000 

Guido J. Risi (ex-officio) 

J. Michael Buckley, Jr. (ex-officio) 

Cheryl A. Pooler (ex-officio) 

Conservation Commission 

Jeffrey C. Waal, Chairman 2000 

Veneta R Roebuck 2001 

Edward S. Graham, Jr. 2001 

Susan G. Cope, Vice Chairman 2000 

Michael H. Dick (resigned 11/18/99) 2000 

Valerie J. Semensi 2002 

Deborah S. Cook 2002 

James G. Cedes 2000 

Disabilities, Commission on 

Frances F. Andrews, Chairman 2000 

Michele A. Buckley (Left town) 1999 

Helen C. Nothnagle (resigned 7A2/99) 1999 

Christopher Laugelle 2001 

Linda M. Ingram 2000 

Thomas J. Callahan (Elected Official) 2002 

Drug and Alcohol Committee 

Rev. E. Clifford Cutler, Chairman 2000 

William Adams HI 1999 

Susanne J. Thompson 1999 

Lisa Hewitt Dick 2000 

Nancy B. Hertig 2000 

Jody Butman 2000 
Jami H. Butman (Student rep.)(resigned 8/26/99) 
Anthony E. Bramblett (Student rep.) 

Robert F. Harold 1999 

Dr. Kristan C. Ryan 2001 



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Drug and Alcohol Committee (cont'd.) 

Lisa M. Mates (Police rep.) 1999 

Clark Chatterton (School rep.) 2000 

Robert L. Mastroianni 2002 

Laura C. Macione 2002 

Elder Affairs, Council on 

Anna A. Abbruzzese, Chairman 2001 

Joseph D. Buckley (term expired) 1999 

John W. Coe, Vice Chairman 2000 

Sr. Barbara M. Reney 2000 

Patricia R Sargent 1999 

Mary M. Goodwin 1999 

Rev. Gary A. Ritts 2000 

Barbara Anglin 2001 

Roger L. Plante 2002 

Mary E. Londergan 2002 
Mary H. Aheam (Representative) 
Jane H. Hamilton (Associate) 

Margaret R. Charles 2002 

Government Island Study Committee 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury, Chairman 2001 

Richard R Barrow 2001 

Robert M. Davenport 2002 

Noel A. Ripley 2000 

Constance M. Afshar 2000 

Peter G. Whitman 2000 
John H. Winters III, Harbor Master 

Hagerty Property Acquisition Committee 

Alfred S. Moore, Jr., Chairman 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury 

Veneta P. Roebuck 

Richard P. Barrow 

John Pfaffmann (resigned 7/21/99) 

James Russell Bonetti 

Paul L. Sheerin, Jr. 

Paul L. Pattison 

John F. O'Brien 

Herbert L. Jason 

Robert V. Davenport 

Joseph A. Migliaccio 

Michael H. Sullivan 

Maxwell R. Pounder 



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Harbor Committee 

John F. Bertolami, Chairman (Independent) 2000 

Lorren S. Gibbons (Commercial Fisherman) 2000 

Sheianne S. Durkin (Recreation Commission -resigned 1999) 1999 

Scott A. T. Herzog (Commercial Fisherman 2002 

Peter J. Wood (Citizen-at-Large) 2000 

Gail Parks (Citizen-at-Large) 2000 

John W. Brister (Yacht Club) 2001 

Laurence J. Mitchell (Sailing Club) 2001 

Mary E. Muncey (Recreation Commission) 2002 
John H. Winters III (Harbor Master - ex-officio) 

Health Insurance Advisory Committee 

Linda A. Shultz 

Susan Watrous 

Randall W. Rosano 

Boyd J. Livingston 

Sally A. Lincoln 

Richard B. Abbadessa, Jr. 

Raymond Levine 

Ernest J. Sullivan (Non- voting, retired) 

Historical Conunission 

Noel A. Ripley, Chairman 2001 

David H. Wadsworth 2000 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury 2001 

Wigmore A. Pierson 1999 

Rebecca Bates-McArthur 2000 

Ellen M. Freda 2000 

Nelson C. Pratt, Jr. 2002 

Housing Partnership Committee 

Chartis B. (Langmaid) Tebbetts, Chairman (resigned 3/19/99) 

Rev. Gary A. Ritts 

Lois H. Weltman 

Edward T. Mulvey 

Robert K. Dennis 

Dorothea C. Bjorkgren (deceased 4/99) 

Peter J. Logan 

C. Christopher Ford 

John C. Englander 

Insurance Advisory Committee 

Samuel W. Wakeman, Chairman 
Robert C. Ernst, Jr. 
Robert J. Murphy 



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Investment Advisory Committee (DISBANDED 5/25/99) 
Dairmuid O'Connell 
Brian J. McKenney 

Mass. Transportation Commission to Represent the Town 
of Cohasset in the Greater Boston Region 

Lx)uis E Eaton, Jr. 

Memorial Overseers Committee 

Merie S. Brown (Selectman) 

Noel A. Ripley (Veterans' Agent) 

Domenic M. Baccari (VFW) 

Robert D. Silvia (Cohasset Military Memorial, Inc.) 

H. Edward Brennock, Jr. (American Legion) 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council Representative 

Dean Rizzo 

Milliken Field Construction Committee (DISBANDED 5/25/99) 

Lawrence J. Mitchell 

Wayne Sawchuk 

Stephen C. Endris 

Laurence M. Mitchell 

Henry A. Rattenbury 

R. Gary Vanderweil 

Joel Antellini (ex-officio) 

R. Lawrence Shultz 

Ralph D. Kidder 

Police/Fire Station Study Committee: 

Brian W. Noonan, Chief of Police 
Roger W. Lincoln, Fire Chief 
Virginia Ann Brophy 
George L. McGoldrick 

Chief Procurement Officer 

MarkW.Haddad 

Private Ways Committee 

Ross W. Rosano, Chairman (Board of Assessors) 

Benjamin E Curiey, Jr. (Citizen) 

James B. Grinnell (Citizen—resigned 1/25/99) 

Robert H. Sturdy (Planning Board) 

Henry A. Rattenbury (Sewer Commission) 

Harold W. Litchfield (D.RW. Supt.) 

Mark W. Haddad, Town Manager 



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Recycling Committee 

Arthur L. Lehr, Jr., Chairman 

Merle S. Brown 

Alix P. White 

David Bigley 

Luther S. Leighton 

Eunice L. Brownell 

Glen A. Tracy 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 

Melvin Waldfogel 

Peter G. Whittemore 

Mary Earon 

R Allan MacDonald 

Jean M. White 

Carol L. Martin 

Registrars of Voters 

Judith R Volungis 2000 

Dorothea Parmenter (resigned 1/1/99) 1999 

Edythe Pord 2002 

Marion L. Douglas, Town Clerk 

Senior Housing Committee 

Joseph D. Buckley (Architectural, engineering, development rep.) 

Margaret R. Charles (Resident over 55) 

Jane L. Marsh (Resident over 55) 

Dorothy A. Keville (Resident over 55) 

Nancy Barrett (60 Elm Street representative) 

Roger L. Plante (Council on Elder Affairs representative) 

Roseanne M. McMorris (Board of Selectmen representative) 

South Shore Recycling Co-operative 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 
Merle S. Brown 

South Shore Regional School District Representative 

David M. Kneeland 2002 

Straits Pond Committee (DISBANDED 5/25/99) 
Harvey Kertzman 
Merle R. Graham 
J. Anson Whealler 



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Town History Committee 

(established under Art. 25, STM 10/28/96) 

Wigmore A. Pierson, Chairman 

Mary M. Hochkeppel 

Emest J. Grassey 

Louis F. Eaton 

Julia H. Gleason 

James W. Hamilton 

Clark Chatterton 

Louis S. Harvey 

Hubert P. Vanderlugt 

Jacqueline M. Dormitzer 

Diane C. Sullivan 

Traffic Study Committee 

Heidi Salerno 

Michael P. Barry 

Franklin P. Liberty 

Richard Yocum (Safety Officer) 

Water Resources Protection Committee 

(established under Article 46, ATM 1994) 

James C. Kinch 

Michael J. Beverley 

Mark B. Bell 

John K. Bryant (Conservation Commission rep.) ex-officio 

Thomas C. Cook (Board of Health rep.) ex-officio 

John D. Chapman (Drainage Advisory Conwrnttee rep.) ex-officio 

Terry J. Atherton (Planning Board rep.) ex-officio 

Wompatuck State Park Advisory CouncU Representatives 

Donald B. Kennedy 
Laurence J. Mitchell 

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Youth Resources Committee 

John M. Worley, Chairman 

Rosalie L. Collins (Resigned 6/27/99) 

Jami H. Butman (resigned 8/26/99) 

Elizabeth M. Bates 

Ronald J. Nicynski (Resigned 1999) 

Anthony E. Bramblett 

Matthew Ogrodnik 

Michael McMillen 

Jennifer M. Lagrotteria 

Diane Remlinger (resigned 3/20/99) 

Anthony J. Carbone 



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Zoning Board of Appeals 

S. Woodworth Chittick, Chairman, Associate 2002 

Barbara M. Power, Alternate 2001 

J. Anson Whealler 2001 

Benjamin H. Lacy 2003 

Jane O. Goedecke, Associate 2001 

Lisa H. Dick, Alternate 200 1 



BOARDS, COMMITTEES, COMMISSIONS, REPRESENTATIVES 

APPOINTED BY AUTHORITIES OTHER THAN 

BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

Advisory Committee 

Richard J. Avery, Chairman 2002 

Richard R Hynn 1999 

Leland H. Jenkins (term expired) 1999 

Alexander C. Koines 2000 

Deborah A. Shadd 2000 

Gait Grant 2001 

Maureen Jerz 2001 

Susan M. Turgiss 2001 
Daniel S. Evans 

Bylaw Committee 

W. Roger Nast 1-998 

Louis R Eaton, Jr. 2000 

Jacqueline M. Dormitzer 1998 
Marion L. Douglas, Town Clerk (ex-officio) 
Paul L. DeRensis, Town Counsel (ex-officio) 

Capital Budget Committee 

Mark A. Baker, Chairman 1997 

Samuel C. Pease 1998 

Stacey V. Weaver 2000 

Design Review Board 

Gordon S. Hislop, Chairman 2000 

Eileen M. Corbett (Resigned 7/13/99) 1998 

Maxwell R. Pounder 1999 

Kathleen R. Pox 2000 

Robert C. Hunter 1999 

Josiah Stevenson 1999 

Robert A. Stansell 1 998 

Petrina Garbarini 2002 
Robert M. Egan, Building Inspector (ex-officio) 



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Drainage Advisory Committee 

Lyle E. Branagan 1996 

Boyd J. Livingston 1996 

John D. Chapman 1996 

Committee to Survey Structure and Functions of Town Government 

Lillian M. Curley, Chairman (Resigned 5/19/99) 2000 

Anne R Swanborg (Resigned 5/27/99) 2000 

William Lean, Jr. 1997 

Paul M. Donovan 2000 

Richard B. Colbum (Resigned 7/30/99) 1998 

Steven Kalus (Resigned 8/4/99) 1999 

Diana D. Komet (Resigned 10/31/99) 1996 

Mosquito Control Committee 

Appointed by Board of Health 

Charles Gainor 

Alix R White 

Edwin H. Tebbetts (Resigned 3/1/99) 

Diane S. Hill 

Regional Refuse Disposal Planning Committee 

(established under Art. 63, ATM 1991) 

Appointed by Moderator 

Alix R White 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 2000 

School Facilities Committee 

(established under Art. 42, ATM 1960. Appointed by the Moderator and Article 33 
of ATM 1975.) 

Appointed by Moderator 

Robert G. Beggan, Chairman 2000 

James M. Sandell ^ 1999 

Adrienne MacCarthy 1999 

Appointed by Selectmen 

David J. Chase 2002 

Patricia C. Chase ' 2000 

Mary M. Goodwin 2002 

Appointed by School Committee 

Robert Spofford 1997 

Robert Driscoll (term expired) 1999 

Joanne Chittick 2000 

Scott Collins 2002 



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Sidewalk Study Committee 

Appointed by Selectmen 
Peter H. Pearce, Chairman 

Appointed by D.R W. Superintendent 
Peter G. Laugelle 
Mary L. Snow 

Appointed by Moderator 
Edward E. Fegreus, Jr. 

Title Five Transition Study Committee 

Appointed by Board of Health 
Mark B. Bell, Chairman 
Chartis B. (Langmaid) Tebbetts 
David M. Kneeland 
Thomas C. McMahon 
Manuel E. Salvador 
Edward J. Connolly 
J. Anson Whealler 
Kearin A. Dunn 
Robert J. Moody 



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GENERAL GOVERNMENT 



TOWNARCfflVIST 

The Town's archive vault at Town Hall received additional near-current records for 
permanent storage during 1999. The archive vault serves the offices located at Town Hall 
as well as various town boards, committees and conmiissions whose public records must 
be permanently stored. Adequate storage of permanent public records is mandated by the 
Commonwealth's Public Records Laws, Ch. 66 G.L. and other regulations. 

Many modem computer-generated records are apt to require a greater volume of shelf 
space than records of the past, and, as we approach the ten year mark of operations in the 
new vaults at Town Hall, available future shelf space is dwindling markedly. 

Cohasset records of meetings stored in the archive vault date as early as the 18th century, 
beginning with the first book of Conahasset precinct and parish records begun in 1717. 
Also stored here are copies of early Hingham records pertaining to the first land grants of 
marshes and meadows in Conahasset, and to the Land Division of the Conahasset uplands 
made in 1670. During 1999 a number of persons utilized the town vault facility for 
research of public records, both historical and modem. 

Respectfully submitted, 

David H. Wadsworth, Town Archivist. 



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BOARD OF REGISTRARS 



The Board of Registrars reappointed Margaret Charles as the Chairwoman. Edythe Ford 
was appointed by the Board of Selectmen to fill Dorothea Parmenter's unexpired term. 

Annual Town Meeting, March 27, 1999 
Annual Town Election, April 10, 1999 
Special Town Meeting, May 17, 1999 
Special Town Election, May 22, 1999 
Special Town Meeting, December 6, 1999 
Special Town Election, December 11, 1999 

The Annual Listing of Persons seventeen years of age and older as per General Laws, 
Chapter 51, Section 4 was conducted by mail during January. Voter registration may be 
done at the Town Hall during regular business hours. Also, registration forms are avail- 
able from the Post Office, Paul Pratt Memorial Library, Registry of Motor Vehicles, and 
various state agencies. To register to vote you must be eighteen years of age on or before 
election day, bom in the United States or be a naturalized citizen. At this time we have a 
total of 5228 active voters. Voters may enroll in one of three political parties. Democrat; 
Republican; Libertarian; or in one of twelve political designations: Conservative; Green 
Party USA; Interdependent 3rd Party; Massachusetts Green Party; Natural Law; New 
Alliance Party; New World Council, Prohibition; Rainbow Coalition; Reform; Socialist; 
and We the People. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Margaret R. Charles, Chairwoman 
Marion L. Douglas, Clerk 
Edythe B. Ford 
Judith P. Volungis 



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BOARD OF SELECTMEN 

The Board of Selectmen had another very busy year in 1999. It was also a very stressful 
year with a lot going on with sewering in North Cohasset and the Downtown area expan- 
sion, finishing the Harbor dredging and re-doing the drainage of James Brook at Elm 
Street and in the center of Town between Smith Place, Ripley Road and Pleasant Street. 
The biggest hurt by far was the Overrides put forward in April and May. Highlights 
include: 

JANUARY 

The Selectmen were presented with the Town Manager's FY2000 proposed operating 
budget. 

A Growth and Development Conmiittee was appointed to look at the future development 
and what impact it will have on Cohasset. 

Were informed that the Harbor dredging will not be finished this winter, and will be start- 
ed again in November. 

FEBRUARY 

The Board adopted the revised Traffic Rules and Orders as presented by the Traffic Study 
Committee. 

The Town Manager recommends a budget override of $509,000 as discussions continue 
on FY 2000 budget. 

The MBTA Mitigation Committee continues to work with the "T" on mitigation and 
Selectmen from the Towns of Hingham, Scituate, and Cohasset meet to discuss problems 
the three towns are having with the MBTA. 

Final proposed FY2000 operating budget is approved at a 7% increase, which will require 
an override of $766, 1 54. 

MARCH 

Bids were opened on March 4 for the sale of the Independence Building. There was a min- 
imum bid of $100,000 required; there were no bidders. 

Reported by the Town Manager that there have been significant shortfalls in the Fire 
Department's overtime account, most of the shortfalls caused by callbacks and sick time. 



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The Independence Building is re-advertised without a minimum bid requirement. 

The Sewer Commission has article at Annual Town Meeting on new Sewer rules and reg- 
ulations. 

Kevin Ulmer updates the Board on the progress of the Lobster Lab. He said the shell will 
be done first and then they will start upwards. He hopes it will be started next year. 

Call Firefighters will ask for donations for purchasing a Thermal Imaging Camera for the 
Fire Department. 

Town Meeting approves $250,000 to hire architects to develop plans and specifications 
for Deer Hill and Middle High School. 

Town Meeting passes operating budget with a $766,154 override. 

APRIL 

Override loses at Town Election by a 60% to 40% vote. 

Frederick Koed wins election to the Board of Selectmen and is welcomed by all members. 

Nancy Roth was thanked for her hard work as a Selectmen over the last three years by the 
Board of Selectmen. 

Merle Brown was voted Chairman of the Board of Selectmen, and Tom Callahan as Vice- 
Chairman. 

A new Town Meeting for operating budget was set for May 17, 1999. 

Bids came in on Independence Building. High bid was $100,100. Voted to sell building to 
high bidder. 

Selectmen voted to put three questions on May 22, 1999 election for override as follows: 
#1 - $612,225; #2 - $509,554; and #3 - $380,000. 

MAY 

Selectmen vote to support $509,555 override at Town Meeting. 

Town election supports $380,000 override for operating budget. 

JUNE 

Hired architects to develop plans and specifications for improvements of Deer Hill and 
Middle/High Schools. Strekalovsky & Hoit were hired. 

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A DPW Maintenance Division was formulated, and two people were hired. They will be 
responsible for Town Hall, Police Station, Library and DPW Building. 

JULY 

Many street lights have been turned off as a result of the override election. 

Youth Resources Committee will use the old highway garage for the youth of the Town. 

Joseph Buckley resigns as Treasurer/Collector. He was thanked for a great job! 

A yard sale was conducted at the Old Osgood School and generated $1,523. 
This money given to the Youth Resources Committee to use on the garage. 

AUGUST 

Joseph DiVito, Jr. is hired as new Treasurer/Collector. 

Increased cemetery rates for grave openings by $300, and approved the pre-sale of 150 
graves at Beechwood Cemetery. 

SEPTEMBER 

Increase in fees at Recycling Transfer Facility. The Board voted to increase fees for dis- 
posing of refrigerators, air conditioners and dehumidifiers from $5 to $10 because of cost 
increase from vendor. Also increased fee for propane tanks from $2 to $5. 

The Boy Scouts painted the bus shelter on the Common. 

Special Town Meeting was voted for December 6, 1999. Capital items and additional 
money for the architect, Strekalovsky & Hoit, to continue on with schematic drawings for 
the Deer Hill and Middle High School. 

It was voted to raise parking violations for all regular parking fines from $15 to $25, and 
handicapped parking fines from $25 to $100. 

It was voted to change the Town Hall hours of operation as follows: 

Monday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m 

Tuesday 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. 

Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Friday 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

This will take effect the week of November 8, 1999. 



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OCTOBER 

The drainage pipe from Smith Place to the parking lot will be replaced starting this month. 

The Board set the tax rate for the year 2000 at $15. 09/$ 1,000.00. 

The Board voted to allow Sunday Uquor store openings from Sunday before Thanksgiving 
to New Year's day from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

NOVEMBER 

A Tri-Town Selectmen's meeting was held (Hingham, Cohasset, Scituate) to discuss 
actions with the MBTA. 

Recommended by the Board that Town Meeting vote to add four paramedics/firefighters 
to the Fire Department. 

DECEMBER 

Set up a committee to study present and future needs of the police and fire departments as 
related to building needs. 

Set the Annual Town Meeting for March 25, 2000 (by-law requirement) and set Town 
Election April 8, 2000. 

Set up a Senior Housing Committee to look at housing needs for age 55 and over popula- 
tion. 

Town Meeting voted to add $390,000 to retain architects for engineering and other pro- 
fessional services for the Deer Hill and Middle/High School. Also, override of Proposition 
2-1/2 was passed for borrowing the money. 

Town Meeting voted to add four paramedics/firefighters to the Fire Department. 

At this time, the Selectmen would like to take the opportunity to thank the Town employ- 
ees, all the boards, committees, and volunteers for their continued efforts to make 
Cohasset a better place to live. We also greatly appreciate all the support fi-om the 
Townspeople. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Merle S. Brown, Chairman 
Thomas J. Callahan, Vice Chairman 
Roseanne M. McMorris 
Diane C. Sullivan 
Frederick R. Koed 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN CLERK 



As the year 1999 comes to a close, I respectfully submit my eight Annual Report as Town 
Clerk. On June 30th, my assistant, Jacquelyn McGuire, retired. At this time, I would like 
to take the opportunity to thank her for her many years of service to the Town. Her pro- 
fessionalism and dedication was truly appreciated and I wish her the best. Carol St. Pierre 
filled the position of assistant and is doing an excellent job. 

The state has issued new computers to all Town Clerk's offices to update the statewide 
computerized voter registration system to be Y2K compatible. We are on-line and ran the 
election on December 11, 1999 with the new machines. In the year 2000, we will have a 
minimum of four elections and I, again, encourage any person who is not a registered 
voter to register. 

Effective January 1, 2000, Massachusetts will join the majority of other states with origi- 
nal birth, marriage and death records going directly to the state and attested copies being 
retained by the town. This changes our method of reporting, but still enables residents to 
obtain copies locally. The election and town meeting results follow, as well as the vital 
records. 

Our office would like to extend our appreciation to the citizens of Cohasset, town offi- 
cials, departments, boards, conmiittees, and town personnel for their assistance and sup- 
port during the year. I would like to offer a special note of recognition to my staff. 



Respectfully submitted, 



Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



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INDEX — ANNUAL TOWN MEETING 
MARCH 27, 1999 



ARTICLE # DESCRIPTION OF ARTICLE 

1 Reports of Town Officers. Motion defeated. 

2 Reports of Committees. Adopted unanimously. 

3 Operating budget. Motion adopted. 

4 Road maintenance. Motion withdrawn. 

5 Unpaid bills. Motion adopted. 

6 ' Departmental transfers. Motion adopted. 

7 Second amended judgment. Adopted unanimously. 

8 Milliken field upgrade. Adopted unanimously. 

9 Y2K compliance. Adopted unanimously. 

10 Master plan funding. Motion withdrawn. 

11 Water Y2K compliance. Adopted unanimously. 

12 Construction drawings Deer Hill & Middle Schools. 
Motion adopted. 

13 Osgood School — additional funding. Motion adopted. 

14 Unpaid bills. Adopted unanimously. 

15 Funding for sewers Lily Pond. Motion adopted. 

16 Sewer regulations. Motion withdrawn. 

17 Fees & charges — licenses, permits. Motion adopted. 

18 Waiving of fees. Motion adopted as amended. 

19 Refund $14,000 to St. Anthony's. Motion adopted. 

20 Water contracts. Motion withdrawn. 

21 Thermal imaging camera. Motion withdrawn. 

22 Special election finances. Motion defeated. 

23 Binding initiative petition. Motion defeated. 

24 On-site wastewater. Adopted unanimously. 

25 Purchase sewer system at 100 Pond St. Motion withdrawn. 

26 Tax exemptions. Motion adopted. 

27 Tax exemption (senior citizen). Adopted unanimously. 

28 Zoning change. Motion defeated. 



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ANNUAL TOWN MEETING - MARCH 27. 1999 

At the Annual Town Meeting held on Saturday, March 27, 1999 at the Cohasset High 
School Sullivan Gymnasium the following articles were contained in the warrant and 
acted upon as follows. 

Checkers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 9:30 a.m.. were Jacquelyn 
McGuire, Carol St. Pierre, Janice Rosano, Margaret Heman, Kathleen Rhodes and Debra 
Krupczak. Tellers were appointed and sworn in by the Moderator, George L. Marlette, III. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 10:10 a.m. and a quorum of 100 was pre- 
sent at that time. The registered voters checked in on the voting list totaled 347. The Rev. 
Fr. John Maheras gave the invocation. 

Members of the Boy Scouts called the pledge of allegiance. 

Voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the call of the Meeting and Return of 
Service having been examined by the Moderator and found to be in order. 

Moved to adopt the following rules of procedure for the 1999 Annual Town Meeting: that 
at the beginning of the annual town meeting, the moderator shall call aloud each of the 
articles printed in the warrant by number, that those articles for which any voter states a 
"hold" shall be held for further debate, that those articles upon which no hold has been 
placed shall all then and there all collectively, by one motion, be adopted in accordance 
with the proposed Town Manager's motions for each respective article, and that the 
remaining articles that have been so held shall thereafter be called individually by the 
moderator for separate debate and vote, unless at the time the article is called, the hold 
thereon is withdrawn, in which event the article shall then and there be voted upon with- 
out further debate. 

Articles 4, 8, 10, 14, 16, 20, 21 and 25 were not held for debate. 
Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 4: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the 
Town Manager for the repair, maintenance, resurfacing, paving and other improvements 
to certain streets in the Town, including any work related thereto. 



Moved that this article be withdrawn from consideration. 
Motion adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 8: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or 
borrow a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town Manager in FY 1999, for 
the Department of Public Works and Recreation Commission to repair and upgrade 
Milliken Field. 

Moved that Nine Thousand ($9,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus Revenue, to 
be expended by the Town Manger in FY 1999, for the Department of Public Works and 
Recreation Commission to repair and upgrade Milliken Field. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 10: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or 
borrow a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town Manager in FY 1999 and 
thereafter, to procure the services of a planner or planning organization to assist the Town 
in developing a Master Plan for the Town of Cohasset. 

Moved that this article be withdrawn from consideration. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 14: 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen, effective upon passage 
of the article, to convey, sell, or otherwise dispose of, on such terms as the Board of 
Selectmen deems appropriate, the land and building located at 24 South Main Street as 
shown on Assessors' Map 27, Plot 38, and known as the Independence Building. This 
article shall take effect upon its passage. 

Moved That the Board of Selectmen, effective upon passage of this article, be hereby 
authorized to convey, sell, or otherwise dispose of, on such terms as the Board of 
Selectmen deems appropriate, the land and building located at 24 South Main Street as 
shown on Assessors' Map 27, Plot 38, and known as the Independence Building. 

A 2/3 vote is required. Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 16: 

To see if the Town will approve and authorize the implementation of the new "Sewer 
Rules and Regulations", effective upon passage of the article, a copy of which is on file 
with the Office of the Town Clerk. 



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Moved that this article be withdrawn from consideration. 
Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 20: 

To see if the Town will vote to approve a petition to the General Court, accompanied by 
the following bill for a special law relating to the Town of Cohasset under Clause (1) of 
Section 8 of Article 2, as amended, of the Amendments to the Constimtion of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to the end that legislation be adopted precisely as fol- 
lows, except for clerical X)r editorial changes of form only: 



AN ACT RELATIVE TO THE OPERATION 

OF THE WATER DEPARTMENT OF 

THE TOWN OF COHASSET 

Section 1. The purpose of this Act is to preserve the independent status of the 

Water Department, and to ensure that the elected Board of Water 
Commissioners will continue to have independent authority to appoint 
employees, award contracts, and make expenditures for their depart- 
ment. 

Section 2. The first sentence of paragraph (iii) of subsection (C) of section 4 of 

Chapter 34 of the Acts of 1997 is hereby amended by inserting after the 
words "school department" the following words: "and water depart- 
ment". / 

Section 3. Paragraph (v) of said subsection (C) of said section (4) of said chapter 

34 is hereby amended by striking out subparagraph (i) and inserting in 
place thereof the following subparagraph: "(i) Be responsible for the 
procurement for all town functions and departments, pursuant to the 
provisions of chapter 30B of the General Laws. Said town manager, 
shall at the request of the school committee, delegate such duties for 
school department purchasing to an employee of said school conmiittee 
as per the requirements of said chapter 30B. Said town manager, shall 
at the request of the water commission, delegate such duties for water 
department purchasing to said water conmiission as requested by said 
commission pursuant to the provisions of section 19 of said chapter 
30B. Notwithstanding any provisions of this act, the school committee 
and water commission shall have exclusive authority to make expendi- 
tures and award contracts for their respective departments under chap- 
ter 30B and for all other matters under their jurisdiction. 

Section 4. This act shall take effect upon its passage. 



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CITIZENS^ PETITION 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



John K. McNabb, Jr. 
Richard D. Muncey 
Robert E. Kasameyer 
Frederick R. Koed 
Peter J. Pratt 
James R. Lennon 
Herbert G. Lipsett 
Kenneth R. Jason 
Robert M. Davenport 
Tanna B. Kasperowicz 



53 Pond Street 
40 Hill Street 
17 Pond Street 
92 Pleasant Street 
75 Ripley Road 
20 Tad Lane 

34 Pond Street 

35 Arrowwood Street 
17 Black Horse Lane 
172 South Main Street 



Moved that this article be withdrawn from consideration. 



Motion adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 21: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or 
borrow a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose 
of purchasing a Hands Free Thermal Imaging Camera for the Fire Department, and all 
other cost. 

CITIZENS^ PETITION 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



Bruce Pratt 
William T McGuire 
George Broderick 
Eric Washak 
Steven L. Maynard 
Ian Fitzpatrick 
Hermon J. Maynard 
William McArthur 
Joseph A. Migliaccio 
Philip A. Pratt 



83 Sohier Street 
6 Reservoir Road 
444 King Street 
81 Hull Street 
326 King Street 
60 Pleasant Street 
326 King Street 
417 Beechwood Street 
79 Ripley Road 
83 Sohier Street 



Moved that this article be withdrawn from consideration. 



Motion adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 25: 

To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Town, acting through its Town Manager, to 
acquire, by purchase, gift, or eminent domain, the property interests necessary to acquire 
the private sewer system serving the 100 Pond Street Condominiums and after acquisition 
to conmiit such system to the jurisdiction of the Sewer Commission for incorporation into 
the Town sewer system, as follows: 

(i) acquisition of all buildings, pipes and equipment which together com- 

prise the private sewer system serving the 100 Pond Street Condominiums, 
which is located at 100 Pond street, Cohasset, MA, shown on portions of 
Cohasset Assessors' Map 48, and created by Master deed dated January 31, 1984, 
recorded at Norfolk Registry of Deeds Book 6336, Page 588, as it may have been 
amended (the "Master Deed"), including without limitation the existing building, 
processing plant, open sand beds, septic tanks, and sewer pipes; 

(ii) acquisition of an appropriate interest in all or portions of the real prop- 

erty described in the Master Deed, being the land shown on the plan entitled 
"Definitive Plan of One Hundred Pond Street, Cohasset, Mass. owned by 
Frederick A. Thayer, Jr." filed with the Norfolk Registry of Deeds in Plan Book 
303, as Plan No. 471 of 1983, sufficient to provide the Town access to all por- 
tions of the 100 Pond Street sewer system for the sewer system as a component 
of the Town sewer system. 

Moved that this article be withdrawn from consideration. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 1 : 

To act upon the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the Annual Town Report 
for 1998. 

Moved that the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the Annual Town Report 
for 1998 be accepted, and filed with the permanent records of the Town. 

Motion is defeated . 

ARTICLE 2: 

To hear the reports of any Committee heretofore chosen and act thereon. 

Moved that the reports of any Committee heretofore chosen be heard and accepted and 
that committee continue in office. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

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ARTICLES: 

To see if the Town will vote to fix salaries and compensation of Elected Officers, and to 
see what sums the Town will vote to raise and appropriate from available funds or other- 
wise, for the payment of the salaries and compensation, expenses, equipment and outlays, 
capital and otherwise, of the several Town Departments, for the ensuing fiscal year. 

SEE APPENDICES A&B 

Moved that Twenty Million Two Hundred Fifty Six Thousand Four Hundred Twelve 
($20,256,412.00) Dollars be appropriated for the Fiscal Year 2000 Annual Town Budget 
be allotted as follows: Fifty Four Thousand Five Hundred Thirty ($54,530.00) Dollars for 
salaries of elected Town Officials consisting of the Town Clerk, $45,000.00; Clerk, Board 
of Registrars, $329.00; Moderator, $1.00; Selectmen, Chairman, $1,500.00, Members (4) 
at $1,000.00, $4,000.00; Board of Assessors, Chairman, $1,300.00, Members (2) at 
$1,200.00, $2,400.00; and the remaining Twenty Million Two Hundred One Thousand 
Eight Hundred Eighty Two ($20,201,882.00) Dollars for Personal Services, Expenses and 
Capital Outlays, Interest on Maturing Debt and other charges for the various departments 
as reconmiended for purposes shown in Appendix A and Appendix B of the Warrant for 
the 1999 Annual Town Meeting, a copy of which Appendices are incorporated here by ref- 
erence, and to meet the appropriation, the following transfers are made: 

$ 1 ,639,244.00 from Water Revenue 
$60,000.00 firom Pension Reserve 

and the remaining balance of $18,557,168.00 is raised from taxation and other general 
revenues of the Town; and further that the Salary Rate and Schedule as printed in the 
Warrant and shown in Appendix B be adopted." 



Amendment offered by Diane Sullivan. 

Moved that the main motion. Article 3, on the Town Warrant for the Annual Town 
Meeting March 27, 1999 be amended. That the line item "Total Cohasset Public Schools" 
be reduced by $54,000.00 and the total School budget shall read $8,860,366.00. 

Amendment is defeated. 

Main motion adopted. 



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APPENDIX A 

TOWN MANAGER'S RECOMMENDATIONS, ARTICLE 3 

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING, MARCH 27, 1999 



Dept 

NsL A ppropriatio n Ac cwn t 



GENERAL GOVERNMENT 



Expended 
F iS Q 9l 19 97 



Expended 
Fiscal 1998 



Appropriated 
EisesUSSS 



Department 
Requested 
Fisc al 2000 



Town 

Manager 

Recommended 

FisJ^UQQQ 



122 



Moderator 

Personal Services 

Board of Selectmen 

Elected Officials 
General Expenses 



129 Town Manager 

Personal Services 
Town Hall Clerical 
General Expenses 



Advisory Committee 

General Expenses 
Reserve Fund 
Reserve Fund 
Town Accountant 



133 



151 



Personal Services 
General Expenses 

Board of Assessors 

Elected Officials 
Personal Services 
General Expenses 

Treasurer Collector 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

Legal Budget 

General Expenses 

MISCELLANEOUS 

Personnel Committee 
Town Reports 
Parking Clerk 
Unclassified 
Annual Audit 

South Shore Coalition - Refuse 
Water Purchase 
Plumbing & Gas Inspections 
Sealer Weights/Measures Salary 
Sealer Weights/Measures Expenses 
Emergency Management Salaries 
Social Service League - Services 
Veteran's Agent Salary 
Veteran's Agent Expenses 
Commission on Disabilities 
Historical Commission 
Historical Preservation Salary 
Historical Preservation Expenses 
Keeper of the Town Clock 
Keeper of the Town Pump 
Towm Celebrations 



$1.00 



$5,499.84 
$32,302.33 



$62,301.88 

$282,792.61 

$1,368.62 



$225.00 



$5,499.84 
$44,426.37 



$61,442.00 

$292,588.33 

$5,221.00 



$205.00 



$5,500.00 
$53,662.00 



$68,000.00 

$326,232.00 

$1,935.00 



$573.00 



$5,500.00 
$55.'962.00 



$75,000.00 

$345,110.00 

$2,185.00 



$345.00 



$573.00 



$5,500.00 
$51,462.00 



$75,000.00 

$325,776.00 

$2,185.00 



$0.00 


$0.00 


$104,500.00 


S100.000.00 


$100,000.00 


$46,360.45 


$52,104.24 


$58,278.00 


$63,080.00 


$63,080.00 


$12,382.53 


$12,378.28 


$19,430.00 


$19,400.00 


$19,400.00 


$3,699.96 


$3,699.96 


$3,700.00 


$3,700.00 - 


$3,700.00 


$44,883.61 


$49,344.93 


$53,060.00— 


$56,750.00 


$56,760.00 


$18,530.01 


$24,786.91 


$11,255.00 


$11,630.00. 


$11,630.00 


$41,642.90 


$42,892.98 


$46,000.00 


$48,300.00 


$48,300.00 


$34,^44.07 


$50,295.03 


$40,330.00 


$45,950.00 


$40,350.00 


$150,659.73 


$148,531.97 


S 180.000.00 


$140,000.00 


$125,000.00 


$64.00 


$0.00 


$0.00 


$0.00 


$0.00 


$9,305.93 


$9,285.59 


$7,750.00 


$8,000.00 - 


$8,000.00 


$2,108.42 


$1,446.86 


$2,200.00 


$2,200.00 


$2,200.00 


$1,342.25 


$938.87 


$1,350.00 


$1,350.00 


$0.00 


$7,500.00 


$11,500.00 


$7,500.00 


$7,500.00 


$7,500.00 


$2,000.00 


$6,000.00 


$6,000.00 


$6,000.00 


$4,000.00 


$0.00 


$15,000.00 


$25,000.00 


$35,000.00 


$35,000.00 


$3,610.12 


$4,695.00 


$5,400.00 


$5,400.00 


$5,400.00 


$750.00 


$999.96 


$1,000.00 


$1,000.00 


$1,000.00 


$706.76 


$52.90 


$450.00 


$450.00 


$450.00 


$250.00 


$0.00 


$450.00 


$450.00 


$450.00 


$37,908.00 


$41,113.00 


$42,788.00 


$45,790.00 


$45,790.00 


$1,599.96 


$1,599.96 


$1,600.00 


$3,600.00 


$3,600.00 


$997.71 


$251.36 


$1,000.00 


$1,000.00 


$1,000.00 


$0.00 


$0.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$148.57 


$0.00 


$200.00 


S200.00 


$200.00 


$500.00 


$600.00 


$600.00 


$600.00 


$600.00 


$0.00 


$200.00 


$200.00 


$200.00 


$200.00 


$0.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$0.00 


$0.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$100.00 


$246.66 


$1,700.00 


$1,700.00 


$1,700.00 


$1,700.00 



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Dept 

Ncb, Appropriati on Account 



Expended 
Fiscal 1997 



Expended 



Appropriated 
FLssal 1999 



Department 
Requested 



Town 

Manager 

Recommended 



161 Town Clerk 

Elected Officials 
Personal Services 
General Expenses 

162 Elections and Town Meeting 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

171 Conservation Commission 

General Expenses 

175 Planning Board 
General Expenses 

176 Zoning Board of Appeals 

General Expenses 



$38,598.82 

$1,944.25 
$1,965.34 



$10,460.23 
$9,698.00 



$23,892.24 



$3,925.76 



$39,756.86 
$1,984.50 
$3,318.11 



$4,049.33 
$5,160.93 



$22,845.76 



$3,964.87 



$3,532.46 



$40,950.00 
$2,800.00 
$2,875.00 



$6,311.00 
$9,015.00 



$29,050.00 



$4,930.00 



$4,085.00 



$45,000.00 
$2,800.00 
$7,150.00 



$5,549.00 

$5,965.00 



$37,050.00 



$4,980.00 



$4,385.00 



$45,000.00 
$2,800.00 
$3,000.00 



$5,549.00 
$5,965.00 



$23,050.00 



$3,980.00 



$4,385.00 



TOTAL GENERAL GOVERNMEhTT 



$900,604.42 $973,858.16 $1,178,304.00 $1,207,114.00 $1,140,180.00 



PUBLIC SAFETY 

210 Police Department 

Personal Sen/Ices 
General Expenses 
Cruiser Purchase 

212 Central Dispatch 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

220 Fire Department 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 
Hydrant Rental 

241 Building Commissioner 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

245 Electrical Inspector 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 



Animal Control 



Personal Services 
General Expenses 



295 Harbor Master 



Personal Services 
General Expenses 



5883,666.50 
$68,617.11 
551,191.00 


$935,806.20 
$63,695.33 
$51,756.00 


5939,055.00 
548,775.00 
$46,000.00 


5981,684.00 
550,625.00 
571.500.00 - 


$981,684.00 

$45,625.00 
$47,700.00 


5117,087.95 
59.500.00 


$134,361.00 
$9,487.82 


$143,464.00 
$11,500.00 


5154,224.00 
512.500.00 . . 


$154,224.00 
$12,500.00 


$1,000,304.63 

$72,121.58 

$115,154.00 


$1,042,708.21 
$96,444.10 
$119,925.80 


$1,078,250.00 
$78,490.00 
$121,224.00 


$1,321,517.00 
$291,090.00 
$125,724.00 


$1,105,020.00 

583,525.00 

5121,244.00 


$44,483.65 
$2,796.82 


545.709.00 
$2,960.65 


$48,616.00 
$3,317.00 


$52,676.00 
$3,317.00 


552,676.00 
53.317.00 


$45,383.65 
511.148.65 


$48,304.00 
$11,476.14 


$0.00 
$15,000.00 


$0.00 
$15,000.00 


$0.00 
$12,500.00 


510,040.00 
$3,095.35 


$10,341.00 
$2,660.02 


$10,651.00 
$2,270.00 


511.095.00 
$2,270.00 


$11,095.00 
$2,270.00 


538.355.53 
$7,100.66 


$44,254.00 
$6,226.25 


546,888.00 
$6,600.00 


$49,280.00 
$6,600.00 


$49,280.00 
$6,600.00 



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Dept 



Appropriation AQcovnt 
Shellfish Constable 



Personal Services 
General Expenses 



TOTAL PUBUC SAFETY 



Fiscal 1997 


Expended 
Fiscal 1998 


Appropriated 
Essai 1999 


Department 
Requested 

Fiscal mn 


Town 

Manager 

Recommended 

Fiscal 2000 


$500.00 
$0.00 


$500.00 
$0.00 


$500.00 
$0.00 


$500.00 
$0.00 


$500.00 
$0.00 


$2,480,547.08 


$2,626,615.52 


$2,600,600.00 


$3,149,602.00 


$2,689,760.00 



SCHOOLS 
300 Cohasset Public Schools 

Osgood Elementery School 

Salaries 

Expenses 

Special Education Salaries 

Special Education Expenses 

Sub Total 

Peer Hill Elementary School 

Salaries 

Expenses 

Special Education Salaries 

Special Education Expenses 

Sub Total 

Salaries 

Exp)enses 

Special Education Salaries 

Special Education Expenses 

Sub Total 



$1,162,336.00 

$140,333.00 

$156,694.00 

$3,626.00 

$1,462,989.00 



$1,069,211.00 

$110,845.00 

$120,230.00 

$1,694.00 

$1,301,980.00 



$2,656,352.00 

$576,480.00 

$196,302.00 

$2,630.00 

$3,431,764-00 



$1,176,688.00 

$147,507.00 

$200,676.00 

$2,022.00 

$1,526,893.00 



$1,139,165.00 

$148,238.00 

$153,780.00 

$842.00 

$1,442,026.00 



$2,809,999.00 

$590,820.00 

$208,269.00 

$5,932.00 

$3,615,020.00 



$1,256,473.00 

$137,203.00 

$209,832.00 

$3,215.00 

$1,606,723.00 



$1,269,968.00 

$134,745.00 

$209,113.00 

$5,141.00 

$1,618,967.00 



$2,975,373.00 

$718,784.00 

$175,948.00 

$5,431.00 

$3,875,536.00 



$1,295,943.00 

$182,088.00 

$226,477.00 

$5,490.00 

$1,709,998.00 



$1,373,418.00 

$166,144.00 

$334,081.00 

$5,141.00 

$1,878,784.00 



$3,099,997.00 

$727,903.00 

$214,868.00' 

$5,431.00 

$4,048,199.00 



$1,295,943.00 

$182,088.00 

$226,477.00 

$5,490.00 

$1,709,998.00 



$1,373,418.00 

$166,144.00 

$334,081.00 

$5,141.00 

$1,878,784.00 



$3,099,997.00 

$727,903.00 

$214,868.00 

$5,431.00 

$4,048,199.00 



Salaries 

Expenses 

Special Education Salaries 

Special Education Expenses 

Sub Total 

Total Cohasset Public Schools 

South Shore Vocational Technical 

Regional Assessment 



$303,523.00 

$141,262.00 

$85,506.00 

$491,841.00 

$1,022,132.00 



$7,218,865.00 



$67,469.00 



$314,461.00 

$143,723.00 

$91,020.00 

$629,727.00 

$1,178,931.00 



$292,979.00 
$183,553.00 
$121,420.00 
$491,188.00 

$1,089,140.00 



$336,084.00 
$176,971,00 
$129,896.00 
$634,434.00 

$1,277,385.00 



$7,762,870.00 



$55,304.00 



$8,190,366.00 



$99,072.00 



$8,914,366.00 



$85,914.00 



$336,084.00 
$176,971.00 
$129,896.00 
$634,434.00 

$1,277,385.00 



$8,914,366.00 



TOTAL SCHOOLS 



$7,286,334.00 



$7,818,174.00 



$8,289,438.00 



$9,000,280.00 



$9,000,280.00 



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Dept 



Expended 
Fiscal 1997 



Expended 
Fi scal 1998 



Appropriated 
BsQal 1939 



Department 
Requested 
Bssal 2000 



Town 

Manager 

Recommended 

Fi scal 2000 



PUBLIC WORKS 

422 Department of Public Works 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 
Building Maintenance 
Snow & Ice Control 
Street Lighting 



$379,493.97 
$357,186.74 
$49,233.86 
$66,330.71 
$51,878.62 



$401,884.06 

$363,747.20 

$79,699.62 

$45,743.00 

$51,625.79 



$421,477.00 
$422,676.00 
$57,932.00 
$45,900.00 
$53,000.00 



$451,528.00 

$443,851.00 

$122,170.00 

$46,131.00 

$53,000.00 



$451,528.00 

$431,851.00 

$122,170.00 

$46,131.00 

$53,000.00 



TOTAL PUBLIC WORKS 



$904,123.90 



$942,699.67 



$1,000,985.00 



$1,116,680.00 



$1,104,680.00 



HEALTH & SANITATION 
Sewers 

General Expenses 
Board of Health 



$162,264.00 



$179,288.00 



Personal Expenses 
General Expenses 



$48,202.97 
$39,351.77 



$49,483.77 
$15,582.75 



$50,959.00 
$40,708.00 



$52,927.00 
$44,415.00 



$52,927.00 
$42,415.00 



TOTAL HEALTH & SANITATION 



$236,470.69 



$270,955.00 



$280,127.00 



HUMAN SERVICES 
Elder Affairs Board 



Personal Services 
General Expenses 



$53,168.00 
$13,688.74 



$56,876.37 
$26,776.21 



$72,379.00 
$26,109.00 



$76,974.00 
$24,865.00 



$75,579.00 
$24,865.00 



TOTAL HUMAN SERVICES 



$66,856.74 



$83,652.58 



$98,488.00 



$101. 



$100," 



-.00 



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CULTURE AND RECREATION 
Ubrary 



Personal Services 
General Expenses 



Recreation Commission 



$219,586.45 $228,118.82 

$57,111.00 $51,674.39 



$239,131.00 $263,101.00 $242,363.00 

$65,076.00 $63,454.00 - $58,654.00 



Personal Expenses 
General Expenses 



$70,536.59 $73,908.89 

$3,300.00 $3,377.00 



$94,491.00 $101,468.00 $101,468.00 

$3,300.00 $3,900.00 $3,900.00 



TOTAL CULTURE & RECREATION 



$350,534.04 $357,079.10 



$401,998.00 $431,923.00 $406,385.00 



OTHER BUDGETS 
Debt Service 



Principal 
Interest 
Excluded Debt 



$532,560.00 $616,250.00 $572,250.00 $645,585.00 $535,835.00 

$197,981.10 $265,890.75 $231,743.00 $345,556.00 $343,062.00 

$68,230.62 $115,844.04 $766,639.00 $1,161,015.00 $1,161,015.00 



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Dept 

tliL ApprQ pn9 tiQn Account 



Benefits and Insurance 



Expended 
Fi scal 1997 



Expended 
Fi scal 1998 



Appropriated 
Fiscal 1999 



Department 
Requested 
Fis c al 2 QQQ 



Town 

Manager 

Recommended 



Pension - County Assessment $568,977.00 $563,408.00 $567,713.00 $573,000.00 $573,000.00 

Pension - Non Contributory Assessment $3,316.80 $3,316.80 $3,320.00 $3,400.00 $3,400.00 

Worl<ers Compensation Insurance $58,845.00 $58,371.00 $105,000.00 $105,000.00 $105,000.00 

Unemployment Insurance $15,206.00 $411.97 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 $5,000.00 

Health Insurance $765,023.25 $797,645.98 $880,000.00 $945,000.00 $945,000.00 

Life Insurance $4,582.00 $4,472.50 $5,500.00 $6,000.00 $6,000.00 

Medicare Tax - Employer Contribution $64,909.40 $74,991.41 $70,000.00 $80,000.00 $80,000.00 

Property & Liability Insurance $126,496.04 $125,331.00 $136,204.00 $140,000.00 $140,000.00 



TOTAL OTHER BUDGETS 



$2,406,127.21 



$2,625,933.45 



$3,343,369.00 



$4,009,556.00 



$3,897,312.00 






WATER DEPARTMENT 

450 Water Department 

General Expenses 
Other Appropriations 
Maturing Debt 
Interest 



$633,663.00 

$59,000.00 

$253,873.00 

$273,885.00 



$593,370.90 
$33,000.00 
$345,750.00 
$273,048.00 



$630,027.00 
$160,300.00 
$495,750.00 
$373,812.00 



$608,738.00 
$160,300.00 
$497,550.00 
$372,656.00 



$608,738.00 
$160,300.00 
$497,550.00 
$372,656.00 



TOTAL WATER DEPARTMENT 



$1,220,421.00 



$1,245,168.90 



$1,659,889.00 



$1,639,244.00 



$1,639,244.00 



TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET 



$15,865,367.13 $16,909,652.07 $18,844,026.00 $20,936,365.00 $20,256,412.00 



SUMMARY 

General Government 

Public Safety 

Schools 

Department of Public Works 

Health and Sanitation 

Human Services 

Culture and Recreation 

Other Budgets 

Water Department 



$900,604.42 
$2,480,547.08 
$7,286,334.00 

$904,123.90 

$249,818.74 
$66,856.74 

$350,534.04 
$2,406,127.21 
$1,220,421.00 



$973,858.16 
$2,626,615.52 
$7,818,174.00 

$942,699.67 

$236,470.69 
$83,652.58 

$357,079.10 
$2,625,933.45 
$1,245,168.90 



$1,178,304.00 
$2,600,600.00 
$8,289,438.00 
$1,000,985.00 

$270,955.00 
$98,488.00 

$401,998.00 
$3,343,369.00 
$1,659,889.00 



$1,207,114.00 

$3,149,602.00 

$9,000,280.00 

$1,116,680.00 

$280,127.00 

$101,839.00 

$431,923.00 

$4,009,556.00 

$1,639,244.00 



$1,140,180.00 

$2,689,760.00 

$9,000,280.00 

$1,104,680.00 

$278,127.00 

$100,444.00 

$406,385.00 

$3,897,312.00 

$1,639,244.00 



TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET 



$15,865,367.13 $16,909,652.07 $18,844,026.00 $20,936,365.00 $20,256,412.00 



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APPENDIX B 

SALARY & RATE SCHEDULES - FISCAL 2000 
3% 



PAY GRADE 


Min 


1st 


2nd 


3rd 


4th 


5th 


6tfi 


A 


Hourly 


7.8898 


8.3414 


8.8167 


9.2919 


9.7672 


10.2425 


10.7297 




35 Hrs. 


276.14 


291.95 


308.58 


325.22 


341.85 


358.49 


375.54 




40 Hrs. 


315.59 


333.65 


352.67 


371.68 


390.69 


409.70 


429.19 


B 


Hourly 


8.5077 


9.0068 


9.5296 


10.0405 


10.5633 


11.0386 


11.5615 




35 Hrs. 


297.77 


315.24 


333.54 


351.42 


369.72 


386.35 


404.65 




40 Hrs. 


340.31 


360.27 


381.18 


401.62 


422.53 


441.55 


462.46 


C 


Hourly 


9.1850 


9.7553 


10.2782 


10.8247 


11.3595 


11.9298 


12.5120 




35 Hrs. 


321.48 


341.44 


359.74 


378.86 


397.58 


417.54 


437.92 




40 Hrs. 


367.40 


390.21 


411.13 


432.99 


454.38 


477.19 


500.48 


D 


Hourly 


9.9336 


10.5158 


11.1337 


11.7040 


12.3100 


12.9160 


13.5102 




35 Hrs. 


347.68 


368.05 


389.68 


409.64 


•430.85 


452.06 


472.86 




40 Hrs. 


397.34 


420.63 


445.35 


468.16 


492.40 


516.64 


540.41 


E 


Hourly 


10.7297 


11.3476 


12.0129 


12.6309 


13.2844 


13.9379 


14.5914 




35 Hrs. 


375.54 


397.17 


420.45 


442.08 


464.95 


487.83 


510.70 




40 Hrs. 


429.19 


453.90 


480.52 


505.23 


531.38 


557.52 


583.66 


F 


Hourly 


11.5733 


12.2506 


12.9635 


13.6409 


14.3063 


15.0430 


15.7440 




35 Hrs. 


405.07 


428.77 


453.72 


477.43 


500.72 


526.50 


551.04 




40 Hrs. 


462.93 


490.02 


518.54 


545.63 


572.25 


601.72 


629.76 


G 


Hourly 


12.5002 


13.2487 


13.9736 


14.7459 


15.4945 


16.2431 


16.9679 




35 Hrs. 


437.51 


463.71 


489.07 


516.10 


542.31 


. 568.51 


593.88 




40 Hrs. 


500.01 


529.95~ 


558.94 


589.83 


619.78 


649.72 


678.72 


H 


Hourly 


13.4863 


14.2944 


15.1023 


15.9223 


16.7540 


17.5382 


18.3462 




35 Hrs. 


472.02 


500.30 


528.58 


557.28 


586.39 


613.84 


642.12 




40 Hrs. 


539.45 


571.78 


604.09 


636.89 


670.16 


701.53 


733.85 


1 


Hourly 


14.5558 


15.4470 


16.3025 


17.1937 


18.0611 


18.9404 


19.8196 




35 Hrs. 


509.45 


540.64 


570.59 


601.78 


632.14 


662.91 


693.69 




40 Hrs. 


582.23 


617.88 


652.10 


687.75 


722.44 


757.61 


792.79 


J 


Hourly 


15.7321 


16.6708 


17.5977 


18.5482 


19.4751 


20.4732 


21.4237 




35 Hrs. 


550.62 


583.48 


615.92 


649.19 


681.63 


716.56 


749.83 




40 Hrs. 


629.29 


666.83 


703.91 


741.93 


779.00 


818.93 


856.95 


K 


Hourly 


16.9798 


18.0135 


19.0116 


20.0692 


21.0673 


22.0892 


23.1229 




35 Hrs. 


594.29 


630.47 


665.41 


702.42 


737.35 


773.12 


809.30 




40 Hrs. 


679.19 


720.54 


760.47 


802.77 


842.69 


883.57 


924.92 


L 


Hourly 


18.3581 


19.4632 


20.5801 


21.6852 


22.7902 


23.8834 


24.9646 




35 Hrs. 


642.53 


681.21 


720.30 


758.98 


797.66 


835.92 


873.76 




40 Hrs. 


734.32 


778.53 


823.20 


867.41 


911.61 


955.34 


998.58 


M 


Hourly 


19.8196 


21.0316 


22.1842 


23.3843 


24.5844 


25.7845 


26.9846 




35 Hrs. 


693.69 


736.11 


776.45 


818.45 


860.46 


902.46 


944.46 




40 Hrs. 


792.79 


841.27 


887.37 


935.37 


983.38 


1,031.38 


1.079.38 


N 


Hourly 


21.3999 


22.6833 


23.9666 


25.2617 


26.5212 


27.8283 


29.1234 




35 Hrs. 


749.00 


793.91 


838.83 


884.16 


928.24 


973.99 


1,019.32 




40 Hrs. 


856.00 


907.33 


958.66 


1.010.47 


1,060.85 


1,113.13 


1,164.94 





Hourly 


23.1229 


24.5131 


25.8915 


27.3055 


28.7076 


30.0859 


31.4643 




35 Hrs. 


809.30 


857.96 


906.20 


955.69 


1,004.77 


1,053.01 


1,101.25 




40 Hrs. 


924.92 


980.53 


1.035.66 


1.092.22 


1.148.30 


1,203.44 


1.258.57 



41 





Pay 


Positions 




* 


Group 


Authorized 


Schedule 


Schedule 1 - Reaular Employees 








Board of Assessors 








Assistant Assessor/Appraiser 


M 






Administrative Assistant 


F 






Clerk 


E 






Building Department 








Building Inspector/Zoning Officer 


L 






Clerk 


D 






Civilian Dispatch 








Communications Supervisor 


F 






Communications Officer 


E 






Communications Officer 


E 






Conservation Commission 








Agent 


J 






Secretary 


E 






Elder Affairs 








Director 


J 






Outreach Worker 


D 






Clerk 


D 






Fire Department 








Fire Chief 


Contract . 






Captain 


FS-12 




5 


Firefighter- Paramedic 


. FS-11 




5 


Firefighter - EMT 


FS-10 




5 


Firefighter - Mechanic 


FS-10 




5 


Private 


FS-09 




5 


Harbor Department 








Harbormaster 


1 




1 


Health, Board of 


— 


— 




Health Agent 


L 




1 


Administrative Secretary 


F 




1 


Library 








Chief Librarian 


Contract 




1 


Staff Librarian 


L5 




6 


Staff Librarian 


L5 




6 


Library Assistant 


L4 




6 


Library Technician 


L3 




6 


Library Technician 


L3 




6 


Senior Clerk 


L2 




6 


Planning Board 








Secretary 


E 




7 


Police Department 








Police Chief 


Contract 






Sergeant 


PS-11 


*• ^ 


4 


Patrolman 


PS-09 


13 


4 


Clerk 


D 




7 


Public Works, Department of 








Superintendent 


Contract 






Working Foreman 


H 






Heavy Equipment Operator 


F 






Skilled Utility Worker 


F 






Tree Climber 


F 






Maintenance Worker 


E 


2 





Hours 



42 





Pay Positions 




• 




Group Authorized 


Schedule 


Hours ~ 


Public Works, Department of (Cont) 








Skilled Utility Worker-Cemetery 


D 


1 1 


40 


Clerk 


D 


1 7 


35 


Recreation 








Director 


K 


1 1 


40 


Selectmen, Board of 








Administrative Secretary 


G 


1 1 


ir 


Secretary/Receptionist 


F 


1 1 


^~ 


Sewer 








Secretary 


E 


1 7 


z 


Town Accountant 








Town Accountant 


Contract 






Assistant Town Accountant 


E 


1 7 


2' 


Town Clerk 








Assistant Town Clerk 


E 


1 7 


35 


Town Manager 








Town Manager 


Contract 






Treasurer/Collector 








Treasurer/Collector 


Contract 1 






Assistant Treasurer 


F 1 


7 


35 


Assistant Collector 


G 1 


7 


35 


Accounting Clerk 


F 1 


7 


35 


Schedule 1a - Elected Employees 








Town Clerk 


45,000 






Clerk, Board of Registrars 


329 






Moderator 


1 






Board of Selectmen: 








Chairman 


1,500 






Members (4) at $1 ,000 


4,000 






Board of Assessors 








Chaimnan 


1,300 






Members (2) at $1,200 


2,400 







Schedule 2a - Part Time Positions Annual 

Veterans' Agent 3,600 

Member, Board of Registrars 326 

Sealer of Weights & Measure 1 ,000 

Town Archivist 600 

Director of Civil Defense 300 

Assistant Civil Defense Director 1 00 

Shellfish Constable 500 

Animal Control Officer 1 1 ,095 

Keeper of the Town Clock 1 00 

Keeper of the Town Pump 1 00 



43 



Schedule 2b - Part Time Positions 


Hourly 


Assistant Harbormaster 


7.00 


Casual Labor 




Step1 


5.50 


Step 2 


5.90 


Step Maximum 


6.30 


Skilled Casual Labor 


7.00 


Election Officers 


6.00 


■Election Clerk 


6.50 


Election Warden 


7.00 


Summer Patrolman 


9.00 


Police Matron 


10.00 


Deputy Building Inspector (H-Min) 


13.48 


Recreation Clerk 




Step1 


5.50 


Step 2 


5.90 


Step Maximum 


6.30 


Library Pages 




Step 1 


5.50 


Step 2 


5.90 


Step Maximum 


6.30 


Recording Secretary 


9.00 


Schedule 3 - Part Time Positions 




Constable - Per Notice 


20.00 


Schedule 4 - Informational Only 




Police Department 


(Collective Bargaining Unit) 


Schedule 5 - Informational Only 




Fire Department 


(Collective Bargaining Unit) 


Schedule 6 - Informational Only 




Library 


(Collective Bargaining Unit) 


Schedule 7 - Informational Only 




Municipal Clerical & Custodial 


(Collective Bargaining Unit) 


Exempt Positions - Per the Fair Labor Standards Act 


Assistant Assessor/Appraiser 


Police Chief 


Building Inspector 


Recreation Director 


Elder Affairs Director 


Superintendent of Public Works 


Fire Chief 


Town Accountant 


Harbormaster 


, Town Manager 


Health Agent 


Treasurer/Collector 


Chief Librarian 





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TOWN OF COHASSET 



CAPITAL BUDGET 



FY 2000 TO FY 2004 



DEPARTMENT/ITEM 



2000 



2001 



2002 



2003 



2004 



Repair Jerusalem Road Wall at Linden Road 



$20,000.00 ; 



Reconstaiction Ripley Road/Depot Court Intersection 



$20,000.00 



I Reconstruction of Downtown Parking Lot 



$75.000.00 I 



I Dredge James Brook/Smith Place to Jacob's Meadow 



$200,000.00 1 



I Dredge James Brook/Smith Place to Bird Sanctuary Pond 



I Dredge Bound Brook/Turtle Island to Scituate Line 



$1,500,000.00 



i& 



! Cruiser Replacement Program 



$50,000.00 



$50,000.00 i $50,000.00 . $50,000.00 : 



I Four Wheel Drive Vehicle 



I $35.000.00 ; 



|f7re Department 



! Replace Forest Truck 



$100,000,001 



I Refurbish Engine Two 



$80,000.00 



; Replace Engine Three 



$275,000.00 1 



Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus Tanks 



$15,000.00 



■Replace Chiefs Vehicle 



$35.000.00 ! 



Replace Rescue Ambulance 



1 Convert to In-Line P.A.S.S. 



I Replace Ladder One with Quint 



$500,000.00 



Replace Protective Gear 



$24,000.00 



'Replace Hose 



$10,000.00 



'S.c/>oo/ Department 



Renovations to Deer Hill School and Jr./Sr. High School 



$7,000,000.00 ; 



P9g9nm^nt QfPvt)lK WQrks 



'Stainless Steel Sand Spreader 



:GVW Diesel Dump Truck 



$75,000.00 



I Refurbish Beechwood Ball Fields 



Street Sweeper 



$125,000.00 



Install Sprinkler System on Town Common 



$25.000.00 ; 



Front End Loader and Backhoe 



$75,000.00 1 



Multi-Purpose Ride On Machine 



Loam and Seed Town Common 



$15.000.00: 



Pick Up Tnjck 



$25.000.00 ; 



I One Ton Dump Truck 



$35,000.00 



I ; 1 1 ■ i 


\PaulPr9tt Library i 


! : 






'Upgrade OCLN Tenminals 


! $13,500.00 


1 1 


\ Renovation of Osgood School 


! $2,135,000.00: 





1 


1 


( 




i 1 ' 




! i ! 






'Annual Appropriation 


$50,000,001 


$50,000.00 i 


$50,000.00 


S50.000.00 1 


i ; 1 1 ' 


i ' ' ' 


IGRAND TOTAL 


$352,500.00 


$7,820,000.00 : 


$2,385,000.00 


$1,570,000.00 $1,600,000.00 



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Resolution offered by Elsa Miller, member of Board of Assessors for James 
Lagrotteria. 

BE IT ACKNOWLEDGED THAT: 

WHEREAS, Jim Lagrotteria has served the Town of Cohasset in many phases 
of the Town's operation but most particularly his dedication since 1988 as the Chairman 
of the Board of Assessors. It is pertinent to make mention of his contributions; 

WHEREAS, Jim Lagrotteria is responsible for instituting an "in-house" reval- 
uation system. 

WHEREAS, he created and implemented the first full-time Assessors position 
in the town. 

WHEREAS, Jim Lagrotteria is responsible for the collection of the reim- 
bursement money available from the State to the town of "exemption" monies. 

WHEREAS, he is responsible for bringing the Town of Cohasset Assessing 
Department into the computer age. 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the citizens of Cohasset and the 
Assessing Department, in the Town Meeting assembled this 27th day of March 1999, 
express their sincere appreciation to Jim Lagrotteria for his dedication and major contri- 
butions made to the Town and particularly those for Assessing Department. 

Resolution adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLES: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the 
Town Manager in FY 1999, to pay for unpaid bills from previous fiscal years. 

VENDOR AMOUNT REOUESTED 

Warner & Stackpole $40,000.00 

Ckcuit City 53.00 

TOTAL $40,053.00 

Moved that Forty Thousand Fifty Three ($40,053.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus 
Revenue, to be expended by the Town Manager in FY 1999, to pay for the following 

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unpaid bills from previous fiscal years: 



Warner & Stackpole $40,000.00 

Circuit City $ 53.00 



TOTAL 
A 4/5 vote is required 
Motion is adopted by the necessary 4/5's. 
ARTICLE 6: 



$40,053.00 



To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, a sum 
or sums of money, to be expended by the Town Manager, needed by various departmen- 
tal budgets and appropriations to complete the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999. 



DEPARTMENT BUDGET 

Fire Department Salaries 
Police Department Salaries 
Legal Expenses 
Medicare Tax - Employer 
Contribution 
Selectmen Expenses 
School Department Expenses 

TOTAL 



AMOUNT 
TO BE 
TRANSFERRED 

$ 27,000.00 
20,000.00 
50,000.00 

14,000.00 

3,100.00 

$350.000.00 

$464,100.00 



PURPOSE 

Overtime Costs 
Overtime Costs 
CHL Negotiations 

Budget Shortfall 
Engineered Plans 
Special Education Costs 



Moved that Four Hundred Ninety Four Thousand One Hundred ($494,100.00) Dollars, to 
be expended by the Town Manager, needed by various departmental budgets and appro- 
priations to complete the fiscal year ending June 30, 1999, be transferred as follows: 



Transfer Funds From: 



Surplus Revenue 
Health Insurance 
Short Term Interest 
Article 28, 10/26/98 STM 



$280,100.00 
$14,000.00 
$50,000.00 

$150.000.00 



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TOTAL $494,100.00 

Transfer Funds To: 

Fire Department Personal Services $30,000.00 

Police Department Personal Services $30,000.00 

Legal Budget - General Expenses $67,000.00 

Medicare Tax - Employer Contribution $14,000.00 

Board of Selectmen - General Expenses $3,100.00 

School - Other Than Public $350.000.00 

TOTAL $494,100.00 

Motion is adopted. 

Resolution offered by Kathleen Ofsthun, Vice-Chairman of the School Committee. 

WHEREAS, Richard Shea has served the students of Cohasset and all citizens 
for three years as a member of the School Committee, this year as its Chairman, and pre- 
viously as the Chairman of the Cohasset Education Foundation; 

WHEREAS, Mr. Shea has devoted his time and many talents to the betterment 
of education in Cohasset through technology advances and facilities improvements; 

WHEREAS, he has deliberated effectively and with equanimity in budget and 
contract negotiations, skillfully applying his financial expertise; 

AND, WHEREAS, he has provided inspirational leadership and guidance with 
wit and aplomb; 

Be it therefore resolved by we, his fellow members of the Cohasset School Conmiittee, 
and the townspeople represented by those gathered in Town Meeting this twenty-seventh 
day of March, 1999, that Richard Shea is gratefully acknowledged for his large role in fur- 
thering excellence in education and will be remembered hereafter as a friend of education 
in Cohasset. 

Resolution adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 7: 

To see if the Town will vote to ratify and confirm, effective upon passage of this article, 
an amendment to the Second Amended Judgment in the form on file with the Office of the 
Board of Selectmen. 

Moved that an amendment, dated December 14 and 15, 1998, to the Second Amended 

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Judgment, in the form on file with the Office of the Board of Selectmen in the case, 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Town of Cohasset, Suffolk Superior Court, Civil 
Action Number 38-652, be hereby ratified and confirmed, effective upon passage of this 
article. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 9: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the 
Town Manager in FY 1999 and thereafter, for hardware, software, professional services, 
and for emergency contingency planning for the purpose of bringing all Town Computers 
and related equipment into so-called Y2K compliance. 

Moved that Fifteen Thousand ($15,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus Revenue, 
to be expended by the Town Manager in FY 1999 and thereafter, for hardware, software, 
professional services, and for emergency contingency planning for the purpose of bring- 
ing all Town computers and related equipment into so-called Y2K Compliance. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 11: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, with the intention that 
these funds be available in FY 1999 and thereafter, for the Water Commission to: 

(a) inventory, assess, remediate, and test Water Department capital facili- 
ties and equipment to bring said facilities into compliance with the state standards for the 
Year 2000 computer problem in computer hardware, software, and embedded computer 
chips; including the preparation and implementation of an emergency contingency plan; 
and 

(b) repair and replace capital facilities of the water treatment plant and 
water distribution system. 



Moved that Twenty Thousand ($20,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Water 
Department Maturing Debt - Interest as voted in Article 3 of the 1998 Annual Town 
Meeting, with the intention that these funds be available in FY 99 and thereafter, for the 
Water Commission to inventory, assess, test, replace, upgrade, and remediate Water 
Department capital facihties, supplies, systems, and equipment to bring said Department 
into compliance with the state standards for the Year 2000 Century change computer prob- 
lem in computer hardware, software, and embedded computer chips; including the prepa- 

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ration and implementation of an emergency contingency plan to prepare the Water 
Department for potential Year 2000 problems which may interfere with the ability of the 
Water Department to continue the uninterrupted delivery of water, and, further, that the 
motion adopted under Article 3 of the October 26, 1998 Special Town Meeting pertaining 
to the Water Distribution System Repairs and Improvements, be amended by inserting the 
words "Church Street" following the words "Doane Street". 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Resolution offered by Dr. Woods. 

RESOLVED 

That the Town of Cohasset express its appreciation, in his inmiinent retirement, 
to the Chairman of the Sewer Commission, Mr. Edward Mills Guild, for an unusually 
lengthy term of 16 years of arduous, dedicated service. 

Resolution adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 12: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, with the intention that 
these funds be available in FY 99 and thereafter, to be expended by the School Committee 
and the Town Manager, for the purpose of retaining architects, engineers or other profes- 
sional services to develop construction drawings and bid documents to make various 
improvements and repairs, including handicapped improvements, to the Middle High 
School and Deer Hill Elementary School, and to return to the 1999 Fall Special Town 
Meeting for the actual construction funds. 



Moved that Two Hundred Fifty Thousand ($250,000.00) Dollars be hereby appropriated, 
with the intention that these funds be available in FY 99 and thereafter, to be expended 
jointly by the School Committee and the Town Manager, for the purpose of retaining 
architects, engineers or other professional services to develop construction drawings and 
bid documents to make various improvements and repairs, including handicapped 
improvements, to the Middle High School and Deer Hill Elementary School, and to return 
to the 1999 Fall Special Town Meeting for the actual construction funds, and, that to fund 
this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby 
authorized to borrow Two Hundred Fifty Thousand ($250,000.00) Dollars, under and pur- 
suant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any 
other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or notes of the Town, therefore. 

A 2/3 vote is required. Motion adopted by the necessary 2/3's. 



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ARTICLE 13: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, with the intention that 
these funds be available in FY 99 and thereafter, to be expended by the School Facilities 
Committee, for the purpose of completing the construction of the Osgood Elementary 
School and all costs associated and in relation thereto. 

Moved that Two Hundred Forty Four Thousand Five Hundred ($244,500.00) Dollars be 
hereby appropriated, with the intention that these funds be available in FY 99 and there- 
after, to be expended by the School Facilities Conmiittee, for the purpose of completing 
the construction of the Osgood Elementary School and all costs associated and in relation 
thereto, and, that to fund this appropriation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board 
of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to borrow Two Hundred Forty Four Thousand Five 
Hundred ($244,500.00) Dollars, under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the 
Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue 
bonds or notes of the Town, therefore. 

A 2/3 vote is required. Motion adopted by the necessary 2/3's. 

Resolution offered by Roseanne McMorris, Chairwoman of the Board of Selectmen. 

WHEREAS, HERMON J. MAYNARD has served the Town of Cohasset as a 
Call Firefighter for twenty-nine years; and 

WHEREAS, he has approached his duties in a responsible manner by complet- 
ing courses in engine and ladder company operations, tactics and strategy, nature of fire, 
forcible entry and ventilation, has successfully finished the training program "Firefighter 
I" designed by the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, and has been certified as a "First 
Responded' in first aid; and 

WHEREAS, he has been commended on numerous occasions for his valorous 
response during emergency incidents; and 

WHEREAS, he has fulfilled with bravery and honor the many duties and obli- 
gations placed upon him as a Call Firefighter; 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that we, the Board of Selectmen, 
on the occasion of his retirement from the Call Firefighting force of the Town of Cohasset, 
conmiend him on his dedication to duty and his meritorious service to the Town and its 
inhabitants. 

GIVEN under our hands and the seal of the Town of Cohasset, this 27th day of 
March, in the year One Thousand Nine Hundred and Ninety-Nine. 

Resolution adopted unanimously. 

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ARTICLE 15: 

To see what sums of money the Town will raise and appropriate, transfer from available 
funds; and/or borrow from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust, or other- 
wise borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, with the intention that these funds be 
available in FY 99 and thereafter, to be expended by the Town Manager, to supplement 
the funding for the Central Cohasset Sewer Project as voted in Article 5 of the March 1997 
Special Town Meeting and, further, that the Treasurer of the Town, with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen, borrow such supplemental sum or sums of money to supplement 
Article 5 of the March 1997 Special Town Meeting funding for the design, engineering, 
construction, and installation of said project which borrowing is to be repaid by better- 
ments assessed upon the properties benefited thereby; provided, however, a sum of money 
equal to one half of the principal and interest applicable to such supplemental borrowing 
is to be appropriated from the tax levy and other general revenues of the Town contingent 
upon a vote of the Town to exempt such one half allocation of costs from the limitation 
on taxes contained in Proposition 2 1/2 so called, by means of a debt exclusion override. 

Moved that One Million Three Hundred Thousand ($1,300,000.00) Dollars is hereby 
appropriated, with the intention that these funds be available in FY 99 and thereafter, to 
be expended by the Town Manager, to supplement the funding for the Central Cohasset 
Sewer Project as voted in Article 5 of the March 1997 Special Town Meeting and, further, 
that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to borrow 
an additional One Million Three Hundred Thousand ($1,300,000.00) Dollars from the 
Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust, or otherwise, to supplement Article 5 of 
the March 1997 Special Town Meeting ftmding for the design, engineering, construction, 
and installation of said project which borrowing shall be a general obligation of the Town, 
although it is the intent of the Town that the debt service on such borrowing shall be paid 
by betterments upon the properties benefited thereby; provided, however, a sum of money 
equal to one half of the principal and interest applicable to such supplemental borrowing 
is to be appropriated from the tax levy and other general revenues of the Town contingent 
upon a vote of the Town to exempt such one half allocation of costs from the limitation 
on taxes contained in Proposition 2 1/2, so called, by means of a debt exclusion override. 

A 2/3 vote is required. Motion adopted by the necessary 2/3's. 



ARTICLE 17: 

To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, 
Chapter 40, Section 22F, as amended, entitled "Fees and Charges for Licenses, Permits, 
and Work Performed", which reads, in part, as follows: 

"Any municipal board or officer empowered to issue a license, permit, certifi- 
cate, or to render a service or perform work for a person or class of persons, may, from 
time to time, fix reasonable fees for all such licenses, permits, or certificates issued pur- 
suant to statutes or regulations wherein the entire proceeds for the fee remain with such 

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issuing city or town, and may fix reasonable charges to be paid for any service rendered 
for work performed by the city or town or any department thereof, for any person or class 
of persons; provided, however, that in the case of a board or officer appointed by an elect- 
ed board, the fixing of such fee shall be subject to the review and approval of such elect- 
ed board." 

Moved that the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, §22F, as amend- 
ed, entitled "Fees and Charges for Licenses, Permits, and Work Performed", be accepted. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE 18: 

To see if the Town will vote to adopt the following general bylaw entitled "License and 
Permit Fees", 

LICENSE AND PERMIT FEES 

1. Authority to Establish Fees. 

A. The Board of Selectmen is authorized to establish from time to time fees 
and charges for licenses, permits and other municipal purposes granted by departments 
under the Board's jurisdiction, such authority hereby granted and such fees and charges 
established to be consistent with the General Laws of the Commonwealth. 

B. No fee or charge, the amount of which is fixed by the Board of 
Selectmen, shall be charged or imposed on a non profit, religious, pubUc, or charitable 
entity. 

Moved that the following general bylaw entitled "License and Permit Fees" be adopted. 

LICENSE AND PERMIT FEES 

§L Authority to Establish Fees. 

A. The Board of Selectmen is authorized to establish from time to time fees 
and charges for licenses, permits and other municipal purposes granted by departments 
under the Board's jurisdiction, such authority hereby granted and such fees and charges 
estabhshed to be consistent with the General Laws of the Commonwealth. 

B. No fee or charge, the amount of which is fixed by the Board of 
Selectmen, shall be charged or imposed on a non profit, religious, public, or charitable 
entity. 

Amendment offered by Merle Brown. 

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Moved to separate Section A than Section B. 
Motion is defeated. 

Moved to delete section B. 

Motion is adopted. Main motion as amended is adopted. 



ARTICLE 19: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or 
borrow pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to refund to any non- 
profit, religious, public or charitable entity, the amount of such entity has paid to the Town 
as a fee within the meaning of Article 18 of this Warrant during the current fiscal year. 

Moved that Fourteen Thousand ($14,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus 
Revenue, to refund to any nonprofit, religious, public or charitable entity, the amount such 
entity has paid to the Town as a fee within the meaning of Article 18 of this Warrant dur- 
ing the current (1999) fiscal year. 

Moved by Michael SulHvan to indefinitely postpone Article 19. Motion to indefinitely 
postpone was defeated. 

Main motion is adopted. 



Resolution offered by S. Woodworth Chittick 

BE IT RESOLVED THAT: 

WHEREAS, Mark G. DeGiacomo has served as a member of the Zoning 
Board of Appeals for 15 years, including almost 4 years as Chairperson of that Board, 
exemplifying the highest standards of wisdom, calmness, and fairness at all Board hear- 
ings and deliberations; and 

WHEREAS, in 1998, Mark DeGiacomo decided to continue his service to the 
Town as an elected member of the School Committee, which necessitated his resignation 
from the Zoning Board of Appeals; and 

WHEREAS, Mark DeGiacomo has continued to lend his expertise on Zoning 
matters to the Town Selectmen after his resignation, to the present; and 

WHEREAS, in conjunction with his service on, and in behalf of. The Zoning 
Board Mark DeGiacomo has spent hundreds of hours as a volunteer for the good of the 
Town; and 



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WHEREAS, the Town has greatly benefited from Mark DeGiacomo's contribu- 
tions of time, expertise, talent, and common sense, 

NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that the citizens of Cohasset, in Town 
Meeting here assembled, hereby record their sincere appreciation for the long and devot- 
ed service rendered by the Town of Cohasset, by Mark DeGiacomo, as a member of the 
Zoning Board of Appeals. 

Resolution adopted unanimously. 

ARTICLE 22: 

To see if the Town will vote to approve a petition of the General Court, accompanied by 
the following bill for a Special Law relating to the Town of Cohasset under Clause (1) of 
Section 8 of Article 2, as amended, of the Amendments to the Constitution of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to the end that legislation be adopted precisely as fol- 
lows, except for clerical or editorial changes of form only: 

AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A SPECLU. ELECTION 

IN THE TOWN OF COHASSET PERTAINING 

TO FINANCIAL MATTERS 

Section 1. Selectmen shall place on a Special Election Ballot for approval, all 

Annual and Special Town Meeting Warrant Articles pertaining to finan- 
cial matters, with the exception of the Operating Budget. 

Section 2. This act shall take effect upon passage. 

CITIZENS' PETITION 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



Lenora Jenkins 
Will Smith 

Tanna B. Kasperowicz 
Marjorie Smith 
Rebecca Jenkins 
Thaddeus Kasperowicz 
Raymond Kasperowicz 
F. Roy Fitzsimmons 
Judith E. Fitzsinunons 
Sean Fitzsimmons 



198 Jerusalem Road 
400 Atlantic Avenue 
172 South Main Street 
400 Atlantic Avenue 
198 Jerusalem Road 
172 South Main Street 
172 South Main Street 
116 Doane Street 
116Doane Street 
116 Doane Street 



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Move to approve a petition of the General Court, accompanied by the following bill for a 
Special Law relating to the Town of Cohasset under Clause (1) of Section 8 of Article 2, 
as amended, of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, to the end that legislation be adopted precisely as follows, except for cler- 
ical or editorial changes of form only: 



AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A SPECLVL ELECTION 

IN THE TOWN OF COHASSET PERTAINING TO 

CERTAIN FINANCIAL MATTERS 



Section 1 . Notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, the Board of Selectmen of the 

Town of Cohasset shall place on a special election ballot for approval 
by the voters of the Town of Cohasset, all annual and special town meet- 
ing articles (with the exception of the Operating Budget) pertaining to 
transfers from surplus revenues known commonly as free cash and all 
borrowing articles within the levy limit in excess of $25,000.00. 

Section 2. This article shall take effect as to all town meeting warrants issued by 

the Board of Selectmen after passage of this act. 



Amendment offered by Tanna Kasperowicz. 

Moved that the General Court be requested to enact a Special Law relating to. the Town 
of Cohasset under Clause (1) of Section 8 of Article 2, as amended, of the Amendments 
to the Constitution of the Conmionwealth of Massachusetts, and that the General Court be 
authorized to vary reasonably the form of the requested legislation, with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen, to accomplish the general public objections of this proposed spe- 
cial act, as follows. 

Section 1. Notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, the Board of Selectmen of 

the Town of Cohasset shall place on a special election ballot for 
approval by the voters of the Town of Cohasset, all annual and special 
town meeting articles (with the exception of the Operating Budget) per- 
taining to transfers from surplus revenues known commonly as free 
cash and all borrowing articles within the levy limit in excess of 
$25,000.00. 

Section 2. This article shall take effect as to all town meeting warrants issued by 

the Board of Selectmen after passage of this act. 



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Motion to amend is adopted. 

Main motion as amended is defeated. 



ARTICLE 23: 



To see if the Town will vote to approve a petition of the General Court, accompanied by 
the following bill for a Special Law relating to the Town of Cohasset under Clause (1) of 
Section 8 of Article 2, as amended, of the Amendments to the Constitution of the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to the end that legislation be adopted precisely as fol- 
lows, except for clerical or editorial changes of form only: 

Section 1. The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Cohasset shall insert onto the 

official ballot for the next regular or special town election which occurs 
at least thirty days following the date on which the petition is filed with 
the Town Clerk any proposed bylaw, resolution, or order upon written 
request by petition by fifteen (15%) percent or more of the registered 
voters of the Town. A petition conforming to the requirements here- 
inafter provided shall be a binding initiative petition, and shall be acted 
upon as hereinafter provided. 

Section 2. Signatures to initiative petitions need not be all on one paper. The 

papers constituting a petition shall be filed in the Office of the Town 
Clerk, with the endorsement thereon of the names and addresses of 
three persons designated as filing the same. With each signature to the 
petition shall be stated the place of residence of the signer, giving the 
street and number, if any. 

Section 3. Within five days after filing of said petition, the registrars of voters shall 

ascertain by what number of registered voters the petition is signed, and 
what percentage that number is of the total number of registered voters, 
and shall attach thereto their certificate showing the result of such 
examination. The Town Clerk shall forthwith transmit the said certifi- 
cate with the said petition to the Board of Selectmen, and at the same 
time shall send a copy of said certificate to one or more of the persons 
designated on the petition as filing the same. When such certificate has 
been so transmitted, said petition shall be qualified for the ballot. 

Section 4. A proposed measure under this act shall become effective if it shall be 

approved by registered voters of the Town of Cohasset equal in number 
to one third of the whole number thereof, and also by a majority of the 
voters voting on such measure, but not otherwise. Said measure shall 
become effective thirty days following said approval, excepting 
changes to the bylaws, which shall take effect only upon approval by 
the Attorney General pursuant to Section thirty-two of Chapter forty of 
the General Laws. 



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Section 5. The ballots used when voting upon a proposed measure under this act 

shall contain only a fair, concise summary of the measure, as deter- 
mined by the Town Counsel, which shall follow the question, "Do you 
approve of the measure summarized below?" 

Section 6. If two or more proposed measures passed at the same election contain 

conflicting provisions, only the one receiving the greater number of 
affirmative votes shall take effect. 

Section 7. This act shall take effect upon passage. 

CITIZENS' PETITION 



NAME 



ADDRESS 



Leonora Jenkins 
William B. Smith 
Maijorie Smith 
Tanna B. Kasperowicz 
Raymond Kasperowicz 
Thaddeus Kasperowicz 
F. Roy Fitzsimmons 
Sean Fitzsimmons 
Judith E. Fitzsimmons 
Andrew Fitzsinmions 



198 Jerusalem Road 
400 Atlantic Avenue 
400 Atlantic Avenue 
172 South Main Street 
172 South Main Street 
172 South Main Street 
116Doane Street 
116Doane Street 
116Doane Street 
116 Doane Street 



Moved to approve a petition of the General Court, accompanied by the following bill for 
a Special Law relating to the Town of Cohasset under Clause (1) of Section 8 of Article 
2, as amended, of the Amendments to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, to the end that legislation be adopted precisely as follows, except for cler- 
ical or editorial changes of form only: 



AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A LOCAL BINDING 

INITIATIVHE PETITION PROCESS IN 

THE TOWN OF COHASSET 

Section 1. The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Cohasset shall insert onto the 

official ballot for the next regular or special town election which occurs 
at least thirty days following the date on which the petition is filed with 
the Town Clerk any proposed bylaw, resolution, or order upon written 
request by petition by fifteen (15%) percent or more of the registered 
voters of the Town. A petition conforming to the requirements here- 
inafter provided shall be a binding initiative petition, and shall be acted 
upon as hereinafter provided. 



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Section 2. Signatures to initiative petitions need not be all on one paper. The 

papers constituting a petition shall be filed in the Office of the Town 
Clerk, with the endorsement thereon of the names and addresses of 
three persons designated as fiUng the same. With each signature to the 
petition shall be stated the place of residence of the signer, giving the 
street and number, if any. 



Section 3. Within five days after fiUng of said petition, the registrars of voters shall 

ascertain by what number of registered voters the petition is signed, and 
what percentage that number is of the total number of registered voters, 
and shall attach thereto their certificate showing the result of such 
examination. The Town Clerk shall forthwith transmit the said certifi- 
cate with the said petition to the Board of Selectmen, and at the same 
time shall send a copy of said certificate to one or more of the persons 
designated on the petition as filing the same. When such certificate has 
been so transmitted, said petition shall be qualified for the ballot. 

Section 4. A proposed measure under this act shall become effective if it shall be 

approved by registered voters of the Town of Cohasset equal in number 
to one third of the whole number thereof, and also by a majority of the 
voters voting on such measure, but not otherwise. Said measure shall 
become effective thirty days following said approval, excepting 
changes to the bylaws, which shall take effect only upon approval by 
the Attorney General pursuant to Section thirty-two of Chapter forty of 
the General Laws. 

Section 5. The ballots used when voting upon a proposed measure under this act 

shall contain only a fair, concise summary of the measure, as deter- 
mined by the Town Counsel, which shall follow the question, "Do you 
approve of the measure summarized below?" 

Section 6. If two or more proposed measures passed at the same election contain 

conflicting provisions, only the one receiving the greater number of 
affirmative votes shall take effect. 

Section 7. This act shall take effect upon passage. 

Amendment offered by Tanna Kasperowicz. 

Moved that the General Court be requested to enact a Special Law relating to the Town 
of Cohasset under Clause (1) of Section 8 of Article 2, as amended, of the Amendments 
to the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and that the General Court be 
authorized to vary reasonably the form of the requested legislation, with the approval of 
the Board of Selectmen, to accomplish the general public objections of this proposed spe- 
cial act, as follows. 



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AN ACT TO ESTABLISH A LOCAL BINDING 

INITIATIVE PETITION PROCESS IN 

THE TOWN OF COHASSET 



Section 1. The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Cohasset shall insert onto the 

official ballot for the next regular or special town election which occurs 
at least forty-five days following the date on which the petition is filed 
with the Town Clerk any proposed bylaw, resolution, or order upon 
written request by petition by fifteen (15%) percent or more of the reg- 
istered voters of the Town. A petition conforming to the requirements 
hereinafter provided shall be a binding initiative petition, and shall be 
acted upon as hereinafter provided. 

Section 2. Signatures to initiative petitions need not be all on one paper. The 

papers constituting a petition shall be filed in the Office of the Town 
Clerk, with the endorsement thereon of the names and addresses of 
three persons designated as filing the same. With each signamre to the 
petition shall be stated the place of residence of the signer, giving the 
street and number, if any. 

Section 3 . Within five days after fihng of said petition, the registrars of voters shall 

ascertain by what number of registered voters the petition is signed, and 
what percentage that number is of the total number of registered voters, 
and shall attach thereto their certificate showing the result of such 
examination. The Town Clerk shall forthwith transmit the said certifi- 
cate with the said petition to the Board of Selectmen, and at the same 
time shall send a copy of said certificate to one or more of the persons 
designated on the petition as fihng the same. When such certificate has 
been so transmitted, said petition shall be qualified for the ballot. 

Section 4. A proposed measure under this act shall become effective if it shall be 

approved by registered voters of the Town of Cohasset equal in number 
to one third of the whole number thereof, and also by a majority of the 
voters voting on such measure, but not otherwise. Said measure shall 
become effective thirty days following said approval, excepting 
changes to the bylaws, which shall take effect only upon approval by 
the Attorney General pursuant to Section thirty-two of Chapter forty of 
the General Laws. 

Section 5. The ballots used when voting upon a proposed measure under this act 

shall contain only a fair, concise sunmiary of the measure, as deter- 
mined by the Town Counsel, which shall follow the question, "Do you 
approve of the measure sunmiarized below?" 



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Section 6. If two or more proposed measures passed at the same election contain 

conflicting provisions, only the one receiving the greater number of 
affirmative votes shall take effect. 

Section 7. This act shall take effect upon passage. 

Motion to amend is adopted. 

Main motion as amended is defeated. 

ARTICLE 26: 

To see if the Town will vote to accept Section 4 of Chapter 73 of the Acts of 1986 to grant 
an additional real estate tax exemption of not more than fifty (50%) percent. Such addi- 
tional exemption may be granted to persons who qualify for property tax exemption under 
clauses 17, 17C 1/2, 17D, 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D, 22E, 37, 37A, 41 41B, 41C, 42 and 
43 of Section 5 of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws. 

Moved that Section 4 of Chapter 73 of the Acts of 1986 to grant an additional real estate 
tax exemption of not more than fifty (50%) percent be hereby accepted by the Town. 

Motion is adopted. 

ARTICLE 27: 

To see if the Town will vote to accept the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, 
Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause (41C), real property, a senior citizen tax exemption pro- 
gram, a sunmiary of which is set forth below: 

c. 59, Section 5, c.(41C) 

"Real Property, to the amount of four thousand dollars of taxable valuation or the 
sum of five hundred dollars, whichever would amount in an exemption of the greater 
amount of taxes due, of a person who has reached his seventieth birthday prior to the fis- 
cal year for which an exemption is sought and occupied by said person as his domicile, or 
of a person who owns the same jointly with his spouse, either of whom has reached his 
seventieth birthday prior to the fiscal year for which an exemption is sought and occupied 
by them as their domicile, or for a person who has reached his seventieth birthday prior 
to the fiscal year for which an exemption is sought who owns the same jointly or as a ten- 
ant in common with a person not his spouse and occupied by him as his domicile; pro- 
vided: 

(A) that such person (1) has been domiciled in the commonwealth for the preceding ten 
years, (2) has so owned and occupied such real property or other real property in the com- 
monwealth for five years, or (3) is a surviving spouse who inherits such real property and 
has occupied such real property in the commonwealth five years and who otherwise qual- 
ified under this clause; 



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(B) that such person had, in the preceding year gross receipts from all sources of less than 
thirteen thousand dollars, or if married, combined gross receipts with his spouse of less 
than fifteen thousand dollars, provided, however, that in computing the gross receipts of 
an applicant under this clause ordinary business expenses and losses may be deducted, but 
not personal or family expenses; and provided, further, that there shall be deducted from 
the total amount received by the applicant under the federal social security or railroad 
retirement and from any annuity, pension, or retirement plan established for employees of 
the United States government, the government of the commonwealth, or the government 
of any city, town, county, or special district, included in such gross receipts, an amount 
equivalent to the minimum payment then payable under said federal social security law, 
as determined by the commissioner of revenue, to a retired worker seventy years of age 
or over, if the applicant is unmarried, or to a retired worker and spouse, both of whom are 
seventy years of age or over, if the applicant is married; and 

(C) that such person had a whole estate, real and personal, not in excess of twenty-eight 
thousand dollars, or if married, not in excess of thirty thousand dollars, provided that real 
property occupied as his domicile shall not be included in computing the whole estate 
except for any portion of said property which produces income and exceeds two dwelling 
units. In the case of real property owned by a person jointly or as tenant in common with 
a person or his spouse, the amount of his exemption under this clause shall be that pro- 
portion of four thousand dollars valuation or the sum of five hundred dollars, whichever 
would result in an exemption of the greater amount of taxes due, which the amount of his 
interest in such property bears to the whole tax due, provided: 

(A) that no exemption shall be granted to any joint tenant or tenant in common unless the 
gross receipts from all sources whatsoever of each join tenant or tenant in common is less 
than thirteen thousand dollars or, if married, the combined gross receipts from all sources 
whatsoever, of each joint tenant or tenant in common and his spouse is less than fifteen 
thousand dollars, provided, however, that in computing the gross receipts of an applicant 
under this clause ordinary business expenses and losses may be deducted, but not person- 
al or family expense; and further, that there shall be deducted from the total amount 
received by this applicant under the federal social security or railroad retirement and from 
any annuity, pension, or retirement plan established for employees of the United States 
government, the government of the commonwealth, or the government of any city, town, 
county or special district, included in such receipts, an amount equivalent to the minimum 
payment then payable under said federal social security law, as determined by the com- 
missioner of revenue, to a retired worker seventy years of age, or over, if the applicant is 
unmarried, or to a retired worker and spouse, both of whom are seventy years of age or 
older, if the applicant is married; and 

(B) that the combined whole estate, real and personal, of each joint tenant in common is 
less than twenty-eight thousand dollars or, if married, the combined whole estate, real and 
personal of each joint tenant or tenant in common and his spouse does not exceed thirty 
thousand dollars, provided that real property occupied as their domicile shall not be 
included in computing the whole estate except for any portion of said property which pro- 
duces income and exceeds two dwelling units. No proportion of the exemption shall be 

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denied to any applicant otherwise qualified for the reason that another joint tenant or ten- 
ant in common receives a proportion of the total exemption. 

Household furnishings and property already exempt under the clauses Twelfth, Twentieth, 
Thirty-first, and Thirty-fifth shall not be included in computing the whole estate for pur- 
poses of this section. Where a portion of the real property occupied as a domicile of an 
applicant under this clause is located within a municipality other than the municipality in 
such the applicant is domiciled, and where the value of said property, or the taxes, 
assessed by the municipality in which such applicant is domiciled would result in his 
receiving less than the maximum exemption provided by this clause, that part of the prop- 
erty of such applicant which such other municipality shall be exempt to value, or to an 
amount of tax, sufficient to grant the applicant the total maximum exemption provided by 
the acceptance by such city or town for fiscal years commencing on or before July furst, 
nineteen hundred and eighty-six, or for fiscal years commencing on or after such later July 
first as the city or town may elect. In those cities and towns which accept the provisions 
of this clause, the provision of clause Forty-first and Forty-first B shall not be applicable; 
provided, however, that any amount of money annually appropriated by the common- 
wealth for the purpose of reimbursing cities and towns for taxes abated under this clause, 
clause Forty-first and clause Forty-first B shall be distributed as provided in said clause 
Forty-furst. 

Moved that the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 59, Section 5, Clause 
(41C), real property, a senior citizen tax exemption program, be hereby accepted. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

At 5 p.m. on motion made and seconded, the Moderator adjourned the meeting to 
Monday, March 29, 1999 at 7:30 p.m. at the Cohasset High School SulUivan Gymnasium. 



MONDAY EVENING MARCH 29. 1999 

Monday night checkers previously appointed by the Town Clerk reported to work at 7 
p.m. Tellers were appointed by the Moderator. The Moderator called the meeting to order 
at 7:50 p.m. and a quorum of 100 was present at that time. The registered voters checked 
in on the voting list totaled 127. 

ARTICLE 24: 

To see if the Town will vote to approve an On-Site Wastewater Management plan as 
adopted by the Board of Health. Once approved by Town Meeting, the Board of Health 
may adopt and enforce implementing regulations. This Plan is available for review at the 
Town Clerk's Office, the Paul Pratt Library and the Board of Health. The plan would 
establish a local loan and grant program utilizing State and Town funds to allow residents 
to bring septic systems(s) into compliance with the State Environmental Code, Title V, and 

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the local Board of Health regulations; and further, to see if the Town will vote to raise and 
appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow pursuant to Chapter 44, Chapter 
29C (the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust) or any other applicable statute, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, for the construction of septic systems for the sub- 
surface disposal of sanitary waste, or for loans to property owners for such purpose to 
meet the general objectives of the On-Site Wastewater Management Plan. 

Moved that Two Hundred Thousand ($200,000.00) Dollars be hereby appropriated, to be 
expended by the Town Manager, for the construction of septic systems for the subsurface 
disposal of sanitary waste, or for loans to property owners for such purpose to meet the 
general objectives of an On-Site Wastewater Management Plan, to be hereafter adopted, 
such loans to be recouped by betterments assessed to property owners, as authorized by 
Chapter 111, Section 127B_ of the Massachusetts General Laws, and, to meet this appro- 
priation, the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is authorized to bor- 
row Two Hundred Thousand ($200,000.00) Dollars under and pursuant to Chapter 44, 
Section 7 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, and Chapter 29C of the 
Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue 
bonds or notes of the Town therefore. 

A 2/3 vote is required. Motion adopted unanimously. 



Proclamation offered by Stephen Bobo member of the Board of Health. 

PROCLAMATION 

Whereas: The Cohasset Board of Health suffered under an unmerciful burden of 
ignorance; mitigated only by the unceasing efforts of Joe Godzik and the angelic minis- 
trations of Alix White, and the unstinting toil of others too numerous to recall. 

And Whereas: The town was being assaulted by Solid Waste Dragons; Septic 
Emergency Gargoyles, as well as Newtonville Horrors, and all other manner of public 
health menaces. Now therefore be it here Proclaimed that: 

KEVIN ULMER 

Joined the Board of Health; Slew Dragons; oiled gargoyles, and otherwise took care of 
things in an exemplary manner. And further be it know that the town will be forever 
thankful. 



Proclamation adopted unanimously. 



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ARTICLE 28: 

To see if the Town will vote to rezone certain districts as shown on a map entitled Zoning 
Map, Cohasset, Massachusetts", dated October 1, 1969, and revised in 1976 and 1985 as 
follows: 

MAP: So that the highway business district ("HB") area east of Chief Justice Gushing 
Highway and southeasteriy of Sohier Street, all as shown as an area red in color on the 
map and identified as "HB 400", be expanded two hundred (200) additional feet along the 
northeastern boundary and that the land located within said two hundred (200) feet expan- 
sion area be rezoned as a ("HB") district. 



Moved that the boundary of the Highway Business ("HB") District applicable to 
Assessors Map 42, Parcels 28, 40 and 41 and Map 43, Parcel 3 be expanded Two Hundred 
(200') additional feet to the northeast along the length of the northeastern boundary 
between Sohier Street and the terminus of the Highway Business ("HB") District east of 
Chief Justice Cushing Highway; that the land located within said two hundred (200') feet 
expansion area be rezoned as an HB district; and that the Zoning Map of the Town of 
Cohasset, Massachusetts dated October 1, 1969, and revised in 1976 and 1985 be amend- 
ed accordingly. 

A 2/3 vote is required. Hand count taken Yes 49; No 61. 
Motion is defeated. 

Moved that this meeting stand adjourned until the Annual Town Election on April 10, 
1999. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 

Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



Checkers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 7:00 p.m, were Jacquelyn 
McGuire, Deborah Protulis, Janice Rosano, Margaret Heman, Kathleen Rhodes, and 
Carol St. Pierre. Tellers were appointed and sworn in by the Moderator, George L. 
Marlette, m. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 10:15 p.m. and a quorum of 400 was pre- 
sent at that time. The registered voters checked in on the voting list totaled 350. The Rev. 
Devi from the Vendanta Centre gave the invocation. 

Members of the Boy and Girl Scouts called the pledge of allegiance. 

Voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the call of the Meeting and Return of 
Service having been examined by the Moderator and found to be in order. 

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ANNUAL TOWN ELECTION — APRIL 10, 1999 



The polls opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m. 
Total Voters 2329 Percent 46 

Absentees Pet 1—86 Pet 2 — 85 

Election officers sworn in by Town Clerk, Marion Douglas at 7:45 am were 
follows: 



Jacquelyn McGuire Carol St. Pierre 




Janice Rosano Kathleen Rhodes 




Margaret Heman Shirley Tewksbury 




Ronald Goodwin Jean Thompson 




Ruth Pratt Grace Tuckerman 




Margaret Bates Katherine Lincoln 




Debra Krupczak Louise Flint 




Carol Barrett 




SELECTMEN FOR 3 YEARS - VOTE FOR TWO 




Pot. 1 Pet. 2 


TOTAL 


Roseanne Marmo McMoms 590 61 8 


1208 


Nancy A. Roth 523 462 


985 


Frederick Koed 770 846 


1616 


Write-ins (scattering) 6 7 


13 


Blanks 399 439 


838 


TOTAL 2288 2372 


4660 


MODERATOR FOR THREE YEARS - VOTE FOR ONE 




George L. Marlette, III 799 817 


1616 


Write-ins (scattering) 3 4 


7 


Blanks 342 365 


707 


TOTAL 1144 1186 


2330 


TOWN CLERK FOR THREE YEARS - VOTE FOR ONE 




Marion L Douglas 846 910 


1756 


Write-ins (scattering) 3 1 


4 


Blanks 295 275 


570 


TOTAL 1144 1186 


2330 



66 



SCHOOL COMMITTEE FOR THREE YEARS — VOTE FOR 1 



Stephanie B. Noble 


787 


787 


1574 


Write-ins (scattering) 


8 


7 


15 


Blanks 


349 


392 


741 


TOTAL 


1144 


1186 


2330 


SCHOOL COMMITTEE 


FOR ONE YEAR TO FILL AN UNEXPIRED TERM - 


VOTE FOR 1 








Betsy Connolly 


783 


789 


1572 


Write-ins (scattering) 


13 


15 


28 


Blanks 


348 


382 


730 


TOTAL 


1144 


1186 


2330 


TRUSTEES PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY FOR THREE YEARS - 


VOTE FOR 3 








Sheila S. Evans 


763 


753 


1516 


Roger L. Lowe 


709 


669 


1378 


Roger S. Whitley 


770 


747 


1517 


Write-ins (scattering) 


5 


5 


10 


Blanks 


1185 


1384 


2569 


TOTAL 


3432 


3558 


6990 


ASSESSOR FOR THREE YEARS - VOTE FOR 1 




William B. Smith 


769 


743 


1512 


Write-ins (scattering) 


3 


3 


6 


Blanks 


372 


440 


812 


TOTAL 


1144 


1186 


2330 


BOARD OF HEALTH FOR THREE YEARS 


— VOTE FORI 


Robin M. Lawrence 


728 


755 


1483 


Charles H. Sturdy 


314 


282 


596 


Write-ins (scattering) 




6 


6 


Blanks 


102 


143 


245 



TOTAL 1144 1186 2330 



67 



COHASSET HOUSING AUl 


■HORITY FOR Fl> 


/EYEAF 


iS - 


VOTE FOR 1 


Ann Barrett 


793 


787 




1580 


Write-ins (scattering) 


2 


2 




4 


Blanks 


349 


397 




746 


TOTAL 


1144 


1186 




2330 


PLANNING BOARD ]=OR FIVE YEARS — 


VOTE FOR 1 




William J. Good 


800 


787 




1587 


Write-ins (scattering) 


5 


7 




12 


Blanks 


339 


392 




731 


TOTAL 


1144 


1186 




2330 


RECREATION COMMISSION FOR FIVE YEARS — 


VOTE FOR 1 


Anthony J. Carbone 


781 


815 




1596 


Write-ins (scattering) 


.3 


2 




5 


Blanks 


360 


369 




729 


TOTAL 


1144 


1186 




2330 


SEWER COMMISSION FOR THREE YEARS 


- VOTE FORI 


Raymond Kasperowicz 


759 


779 




1538 


Write-ins (scattering) 


8 


10 




18 


Blanks 


377 


397 




774 


TOTAL 


1144 


1186 




2330 


WATER COMMISSION FOR THREE YEARS 


— VOTE FORI 


Richard Muncey 


781 


837 




1618 


Write-ins (scattering) 


2 


4 




6 


Blanks 


361 


345 




706 


TOTAL 


1144 


1186 




2330 



68 



472 


472 


944 


660 


708 


1368 


12 


6 


18 



BALLOT QUESTIONS 

Question 1. 

"Shall the Town of Cohasset be allowed to assess an additional 
$766,154.00 in real estate and personal property taxes for the purpose of 
meeting the operating expenses of the Town Government and School 
System for the fiscal year beginning July First, Nineteen Hundred Ninety- 
nine?" 

YES 

NO 

BLANKS 

TOTAL 1144 1186 2330 



Question 2. 

"Shall the Town of Cohasset be allowed to exempt from the limitations of 
Proposition 2 1/2, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bond 
issued in order to supplement the original funding for the Central Cohasset 
sewer expansion project? 

YES 

NO 

BLANKS 

TOTAL 1144 1186 2330 

Polls closed at 6 p.m. and the results were declared at 7 p.m. 

A True Record, ATTEST; 



598 


533 


1131 


503 


626 


1129 


43 


27 


70 



Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



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SPECIAL TOWN MEETING - MAY 17. 1999 

At the Special Town Meeting held on Monday, May 17, 1999 at the Cohasset High School 
Sullivan Gymnasium the following articles were contained in the warrant and acted upon 
as follows. 

Checkers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 7 p.m.. were Jacquelyn 
McGuire, Carol St. Pierre, Janice Rosano, Margaret Heman, Kathleen Rhodes, Janet 
MacLure and Katherine Lincoln. Tellers were appointed and sworn in by the Moderator, 
George L. Marlette, III. 

The Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:35 p.m. and a quorum of 100 was present 
at that time. The registered voters checked in on the voting list totaled 392. 

Voted unanimously to dispense with the reading of the call of the Meeting and Return of 
Service having been examined by the Moderator and found to be in order 

Moved that voting on the articles will be deferred until Monday, May 24, 1999 and that 
discussion only will be held at this session. 

It was moved by Raymond Kasperowicz that this motion be voted by secret ballot. 

Motion for a secret ballot was defeated . 

Main motion was adopted. 

Discussion was held. 

Moved to adjourn the meeting until Monday, May 24, 1999 at 7:30 p.m. Motion adopt- 
ed unanimously at 9:50 p.m. 

MONDAY EVENING MAY 24. 1999 

Checkers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 7 p.m.. were Jacquelyn 
McGuire, Carol St. Pierre, Janice Rosano, Margaret Heman, Kathleen Rhodes and 
Deborah Protulis. Tellers were appointed by the Moderator. The Moderator called the 
meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. and a quorum of 100 was present at that time. The regis- 
tered voters checked in on the voting list totaled 179. 

ARTICLE 1: 

To see what action the Town will vote upon the reports of the various Town Officers as 
printed in the Annual Town Report for 1998. 



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MOVED: That the reports of the various Town Officers as printed in the Annual 

Report for 1998 be accepted, and filed with the permanent records of the Town. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



ARTICLE!: 

To see what action the Town will vote to amend, modify, increase or decrease, or other- 
wise, to balance the Fiscal Year 2000 Operating Budget as voted in Article 3 of the March 
27, 1999 Annual Town Meeting for the purpose of fixing the salaries and compensation 
of Elected Officers, and to see what sums the Town will vote to raise and appropriate from 
available funds or otherwise, for the payment of the salaries and compensation, expenses, 
equipment and outlays, capital and otherwise, of the several Town Departments, for the 
ensuing fiscal year. 

See Appendix A 



ARTICLE 2: 

Moved that Article 3 of the March 27, 1999 Annual Town Meeting be amended to read as 
follows: 

That Nineteen Million Nine Hundred One Thousand Two Hundred Fifty Nine 
($19,901,259.00) Dollars be appropriated for the Fiscal Year 2000 Annual Town Budget 
to be allotted as follows: Fifty Four Thousand Five Hundred Thirty ($54,530.00) Dollars 
for salaries of elected Town Officials consisting of the Town Clerk, $45,000.00; Clerk, 
Board of Registrars, $329.00; Moderator, $1.00; Selectmen, Chairman, $1,500.00, 
Members (4) at $1,000.00 for a total of $4,000.00; Board of Assessors, Chairman, 
$ 1 ,300.00, Members (2) at $ 1 ,200.00, for a total of $2,400.00; and the remaining Nineteen 
Million Eight Hundred Forty Six Thousand Seven Hundred Twenty Nine 
($19,846,729.00) Dollars for Personal Services, Expenses and Capital Outlays, Interest on 
Maturing Debt and other charges for the various departments as recommended for pur- 
poses shown in Appendix A of the May 17, 1999 Special Town Meeting Warrant entitled 
"Budget Requiring An Override of $380,000.00, Fiscal 2000", a copy of which Appendix 
is incorporated here by reference, and to meet the appropriation, the following transfers 
are made: 

$ 1 ,639,244.00 from Water Revenue 
$ 60,000.00 from Pension Reserve 

and the remaining balance of $18,202,015.00 is raised from taxation and other general 
revenues of the Town; and, further, that the acceptance of Appendix B of the 1999 Annual 
Town Meeting Warrant referred to in Article 3 of the March 27, 1999 Annual Town 
Meeting remain as originally voted under Article 3. 

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APPeHDOCA 
BUDGET RECOUMENDATIONS 
SPeOAL TOWN MEETING, MONDAY. MAY 17. 1993 



DofJL 

f^ ^ppmpriaHon Accxiunt 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 



Budget Within Budget Requiring Budget Requiring Budget Requiring) 

Levy Limit of an Override an Override an Override 

Appropriated Proposition IVi of 030,000.00 of 5509.554.00 ofS61Z895.00 

f=!^cal 1999 fiscal 2000 Pfsai 7000 fiscal 2QQQ 



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122 



Personal Services 
Board of S«l«cttnen 



BectBdOffidah 
General Expenses 



5573,00 



$5,500.00 
$53.66Z00 



$573.00 



55.500.00 
523.462.00 



5573.00 



55.500.00 
551.462.00 



5573.00 



55.500.00 
551.462.00 



123 



Town 

Pefsonal Services 
Town Had Clerical 
General Expenses 

Advisory Committee 

General Expenses 



568.000.00 

532S.232.00 

51,935.00 



5345.00 



575.000.00 

5325.776.00 

52.185.00 



5345.00 



575.000.00 

5325.776.00 

52.185.00 



5345.00 



575,000.00 

5325.776.00 

52,185.00 



5345.00 



Reserve Fund 

135 Town Accountant 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

141 Board of Aasaasoni 

Sected OfRdals 
Personal Services 
General Expenses 

145 Treasurer Collector 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

151 Legal Budget 
General Expenses 

152 MISCELLANEOUS 

Personnel CommittBe 
Town Reports 
Parldng Clerk 
Unclassified 
Annual Audit 

South ShOTB Coalition - Refuse 
Water Purctiase 
Plumbing & Gas inspections 
Sealer Weights/Measures Salary 
Sealer Weights/Measures Expenses 
Emergency Management Salaries 
Social Service League - Services 
Veteran's Agerrt Salary 
Veteran's Agent Expenses 
Commission on DisatjililJes 
Historical Commission 
Historical Preservation Salary 
Historicai Preservation Expenses 
Keeper of the Town Oodc 
Keeper of the Town Pump 
Town Celebrations 



5104.500.00 


. 5100.000.00 


5100.000.00 


5100,000.00 


558.278.00 


563,080.00 


563.080.00 


563,080.00 


519,430.00 


519.400.00 


519.400.00 


519,400.00 


53.700.00 


53,700.00 


53.700.00 


53.700.00 


553,060.00 


556,760.00 


556.760.00 


S56.76O.b0 


S1 1.255.00 


59.130.00 


59.130.00 


511.630.00 


546.000.00 


548.300.00 


548,300.00 


548,300.00 


540.330.00 


540.350.00 


540,350.00 


540,350.00 


5180.000.00 


5125.000.00 


5125,000.00 


5125.000.00 


50.00 


50.00 


50.00 


50.00 


57.750.00 


58.000.00 


58,000.00 


58,000.00 


52JZ00.00 


52,200.00 


52^00.00 


52^00.00 


51.350.00 
57,500.00 


50.00 
57.500.00 


50.00 
57.500.00 


50.00 
57.500.00 


55.000.00 


54.000.00 


54.000.00 


54.000.00 


S?^ finn nn 


535.000.00 


535,000.00 


535,000.00 


55.400.00 


55.400.00 


55,400.00 


55.400.00 


51.000.00 


51.000.00 


51.000.00 


51.000.00 


5450.00 


5450.00 


5450.00 


5450.00 


5450.00 


5450.00 


5450.00 


5450.00 


542,788.00 


543.485.00 


545,790.00 


545.790.00 


51.500.00 


51,500.00 


51.600.00 


51.600.00 


51.000.00 


51.000.00 


51.000.00 . 


51.000.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


5200.00 


5200.00 


5200.00 


5200.00 


5600.00 


5600.00 


5600.00 


S6OO.0O 




5200.00 


5200.00 


5200.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


5100.00 


51.700.00 


51,700.00 


51.700.00 


51.700.00 



72 



Appropriation Account 



Budget Within Budgwt Requiring Budget Requiring Budget Reqmnnq 

___ i-'^Umitof an Override an Override an Override 

Appropriated Proposition 2% of S3ao,QOC.OO of 7503.554.00 o/ S61ZS3S.00 

Hscal 1339 Fizcal IQQQ Haea/ 70oo h^c^i 2000 R^t^, jong 



Town Cleric 



Bected Offldais 
Personal Sarvicas 
General Expenses 

Electians and To%vn Meeting 

Personal Services 
Gerteral Expenses 

Conservation Commission 

General Expenses 

Ptanning Board 

General Expenses 

Zoning Board of Appeals 

General Expenses 

Town Hail and Buildings 

Persorral Services 
General Expenses 

TOTAL GENERAL GOVERNMENT 



S40.950.00 

S2.aoo.oo 

S2.375.00 


S45.000.00 

S2.aoo.oo 

S3.0OO.0O 


$45,000.00 
S2.800.00 
S3.000.00 


S45.0O0.0O 

szaoo.oo 

S2.000.00 


$45,000.00 
$2,800.00 
$3,000.00 


S6.311.00 
S3.015.00 


S5.549.00 
S5.965.00 


SS.549.00 
$5,965.00 


S5.549.00 
$5,965.00 


$5J49.0O 
$5,965.00 


529.050.00 


S23.a50.00 


$23,050.00 


$23,050.00 


$23,050.00 


S4.930.00 


S3.980.00 


S3.980.00 


$3,980.00 


$3360.00 


$4,085.00 


S4;J85.00 


S4.285.00. 


$4,385.00 


U.2B5M 


S20.532.00 
S65.400.00 


S2Z426.00 
S61. 400.00 


SO.OO 

SO.OO 


$0.00 
SO.OO 


sojoa 


SI 264.226.00 


S1.189JZ01.00 


51.125.680.00 


SI. 128. 180.00 


SI. ■:2a.': 80.00 



PUBUC SAFETY 

Police Department 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 
Cniisef Purchase 

Central Olspatcti 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

Fire Department 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 
Hydrant Rental 

Building Commissioner 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

Electrtcai Inspector 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

Animal Control 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 

Harbor Master 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 



S929.055.00 
$48,775.00 
$46,000.00 


S972.684.00 

$50,625.00 

SO.OO 


5981.584.00 
S45.625.00 
$30,000.00 


5981.584.00 
S45.525.00 
530.000.00 


5381.584.00 
S45.525.00 
$30,000.00 


$143,464.00 
S1 1.500.00 


S154J224.00 
$12,500.00 


S154JZ24.00 
$12,500.00 


5154.224.00 
512,500.00 


S154JZ24.00 
512.500.30 


$1,078,250.00 

$78,490.00 

$121,244.00 


$1,089,730.00 
$87,590.00 
S14.744.00 


51.089.720.00 
$83,525.00 
$68,723.00 


51. 099.720.00 
583.525.00 
$81. 528.00 


51.399.720.00 
Sa3.S25.M 
590.914.00 


$48,516.00 
S3.317.00 


$5ZS75.00 
$3,217.00 


$52,576.00 
$3,217.00 


$SZS76.00 
$3.317 00 


552.576.00 
S3J17X 


SO.OO 
$15,000.00 


SO.OO 
S1Z500.00 


$0.00 
512.500.00 


$0.00 
512.500.00 


$0.00 
$12,500.00 


S10.S51.00 
SZZ70.0O 


S1 1.095.00 
$2,270.00 


511.095.00 
S2-Z70.00 


511.095.00 
S2^0.00 


Sn.09S.00 
S2.Z7a0C 


S46.888.00 
S6.600.00 


S49.28O.0O 
$6,600.00 


$49,280.00 
56.600.00 


$49,280.00 
$8,600.00 


$49,280.00 
$6,600.00 



73 



Deqt 

HS^ A ppraprisd an Account 



296 Shailflsh Constable 



Personal Servicas 
General Expenses 



TOTAL PUBUC SAFETY 



Budget Within Budget Requiring Budget Requiring Budget Reqvirina 

Levy UmH of an Override an Override an Override 

Appropriated Proposition 2% of 5280,000.00 of SS09,554.00 ofS61ZS9SJK 

Fiscal 1999 ffsca/ 2QQQ Rscsl 2000 ^ 



S500.00 
SO.OO 



S500.00 
SO.0Q 



5500.00 
SO.OO 



S500.00 
SO.OO 



52.600,620.00 52,521^35.00 52,604,249,00 52,527.154.00 52,636.440.001 



SCHOOLS 

3S0 Cotassat Public Schools 

Salaries 
Expenses 

Total Cobassat Pubttc Scbocjls 

301 South Shore Vocationai Technical 

Regional Assessment 

TOTAL SCHOOLS 



PUBUC WORKS 

422 Oepartinent of Public Works 

Personal Services 
General Expenses 
Budding Maintenance 
Snow & Ice Control 
Street Lighting 



TOTAL PUBUC WORKS 



HEALTH & SANITATION 
440 Sewers 

General Expenses 

510 Board of Health 

Personal Expenses 
General Expenses 

TOTAL HEALTH & SANITATION 



56,511.106.00 
51,679.260.00 



58,190.366.00 



599.072.00 



56,753,527.00 
51.716.470.00 



56,907.535.00 
51.783.636.00 



56.958,700.00 
51.307.611.00 



58.469.997.00 



585.914.00 



58.691.171.00 



585,914.00 



58.766 J1 1.00 



585.914.00 



58JZa9.438.00 


58.555.911.00 


58.777.085.00 


58.852.225.00 


58,346.280.00 i 






















5421.477.00 


5441.350.00 


5441.350.00 


5451.528.00 


5451.528.00 


S42Z576.00 


5433.851.00 


5431.351.00 


5431.351.00 


5431.351.00 


557.932.00 


SO.OO 


S12Z170.00 


512Z170.00 


5122,170.00 


545.300.00 


546.131.00 


546.131.00 


546.131.00 


546.131.00 


553.000.00 


546.000.00 . 


546.000.00 


546.000.00 


546.000.00 1 


51.000.985.00 


5967.332.00 


51.087,502.00 


51.097.680.00 


51.097.580.00 j 








- 




5179.288.00 


5182.785.00 


5182.785.00 


5182.735.00 


S182.78S.00J 


550.959.00 


552.327.00 


S5Z927.00 


552.927.00 


55Z327.00 


540.708.00 


54Z415.00 


54Z415.00 


542,415.00 


542.415.00 


5270.955.00 


5278.127.00 


5278.127.00 


5278.127.00 


5278.127.00 




- 






































-5- 










74 









09pt. 



AaproariatiQn /Account 
HUMAN SERVICES 
Elder Affairs Board 



Budget WWim Budget Requiring Budget Requinng Buaget Re<jwnng 

Levy Umit of an Override an Override an Ovemae 

Appropriated Proposition lYi of 5280,000.00 of 5SOS,S54.00 O/S61ZS3S.00 

Fisal T99g Fisal 2QQQ Fiscal 7000 



nscal ZQQQ 



F:sai ?(m 



Pafsonal Servicas 
General Expenses 



S7Z379.00 
S26. 109.00 



S75.579.00 
S20.865.00 



S75.579.00 
522.565.00 



S75.579.00 
S24.a65.00 



S75.579.00 
S24.a65.Xl 



TOTAL HUMAN SERVICES 



S98.48a.ao 



S96.444.00 



S100.. 



CULTURE AND RECREATION 



Personal Servicss 
General Expenses 

S30 Racraatton Contmtssion 

P er so n a l Expenses 
General Expenses 



TOTAL CULTURE & RECREATION 



5239,131.00 
S65.076.0O 


5241 .363.00 
$59,454.00 


5230.227.00 
558.654.00 


5241.757.00 
558.554.00 


5241.757.00 
558,654.00 


S94.491.00 
S3J0O.0O 


586.468.00 
53,900.00 


586.468.00 
S3.9OO.0O 


586.468.00 
53,900.00 


S86.468.00 
S3 .300.30 


5401.998.00 


5391.685.00 


5379.249.00 


S390.779.00 


5390.779.00 



OTHER BUDGETS 



Debt Service 

Prindpal 
Interest 

Exduded Debt 



5572.250.00 
5231.743,00 
5766.539.00 



5535.335.00 

S343.06ZOO 

51. 161.015.00 



5535.335.00 

5343.062.00 

51.161.015.00 



S535.335.00 

5343.062.00 

SI. 161.015.00 



S535.335.00 

S343.Q62.C0 

51. 161.015.00 



Benefits and Insuranca 

Pension - County Assessment 5567.713.00 S6OZ667.0O S60Z667.00 560Z667.00 S6OZ567.0O 

Pension - ^4on Contributory Assessmen 53.320.00 53.400.00 53.400.00 53.400.00 S3.400.00 

Worlcers Compensation Insuranca 5105.000.00 5105.000.00 5105.000.00 Sl05.0OO.0O Sl05.000.00 

Unemployment Insuranca 55.000.00 55.000.00 55.000.00 55,000.00 S5.0OO.0O 

Health Insuranca 5880.000.00 5900.000.00 5920.000.00 S925.0OO.00 S92S.3O0.00 

Ufe Insuranca 55.500.00 56.000.00 56.000.00 56.000.00 S6.300.00 

Medkare Tax - Employer Contribution S70.000.00 580.000.00 580.000.00 580.000.00 580.000.00 

Property & Liability Insurance 5136.204.00 5140.000.00 S140.000.00 Si40.000.00 Sl4O.0OO.0O 



TOTAL OTHER BUDGETS 



53.343.369.00 



53.881.979.00 



53.901.979.00 



S3.906.979.00 



S3.906.979.CC 



• 6- 



75 



Dept 



AppnptiatBd 
F^al 1999 



Budget Wlttiin 

Lavy Limit of 

Proposition 2Vj 



Budget Requiring Budget Requiring Budget Requirii , 
an Override ' an Override an Overrti 

of 5380,000.00 of $509,554.00 afi61Za95.t\ 



WATER DEPARTMENT 



450 



General Expenses 
Other Apprapnations 
Maturing OePt 



S630.a27.a0 
S160.300.00 
S4g5.75O.OO 
$373,S12i}0 



5608.738.00 
S 160.200.00 
S497.550.00 
SSTZ^^OO 



5608.738-00 
5160.300.00 
S497.S50.00 
S372356.00 



5608.738.00 
S160.300.00 
5497.550.00 
$372,656.00 



S608,738.Cl! 
5160.300.C^ 
5497.550.cii 
537Z6S6.C 



TOTAL WATER DB"ARTMENT 



51.^9.889.00 



$1,639,244.00 



51.639.244.00 



51.639^44.00 



51.639aM.C 



TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET 



518.929.978JW 



519,S1,2S8Jia 



519^i;Z9UI0 520 . 3 ,812^0 520,134,153J 



SUMMARY 

Ceneial Goveinment 
Puiitic Safety 
Sctxxiis 

Department of Pubiic Wcrtcs 
HeaWi and Sanriatton 



Cutturs and Recreation 
Other Budgets 
Water Department 



TOTAL OPERATING BUDGET 



51.254.236.00 
52.600.620.00 
58.289.438UX} 
51.000.98SU» 

5270.955.00 
598,488.00 

5401.998.00 
53J43J69.00 
51.659.889.00 



51.189.201.00 

52.571.335.00 

58.^.911.00 

5967.332.00 

5278.127.00 

596,444.00 



53.881.979.00 
S1,S39J244.00 



51.135.680.00 
52.504.249.00 
58,777.08SU)0 
51.087.502.00 

5278.127.00 
598.144.00 

5379.249.00 
53,901.979.00 
S1.S39.244.00 



51.138.180.00 

52J27.154.00 

58.852,225.00 

51.097.680.00 

5278,127.00 

5100.444.00 

5390.779.00 

53,906,979.00 

51.639.244.00 



$18,929,978^0 



$19,521,258.00 



$19,901 ,2raj)o 



$20,030,812^)0 



$1,138,180.( 

52,638,44Q.( 

58,946,28a( 

51.097.S80.C 

5278,127.C 

S100,444.C 

5390,779.0 

53,906.979^] 

51.639,244.0 



$20,134,153^1 



76 



Motion is adopted unanimously. 

It was moved and seconded that the Special Town Meeting be dissolved at 7:37 p.m. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

A True Record, Attest: 

Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 

SPECIAL TOWN ELECTION - MAY 22. 1999 

Polls opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m. 

Total Voters 2835 - 55% Total absentee voters 308 -- 5% 

Election officers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 7:45 a.m. were as fol- 
lows: 

Jacquelyn McGuire Janice Rosano 

Shiriey Tewksbury Janet MacLure 

Jean Thompson Kathleen Rhodes 

Ruth Pratt Grace Tuckerman 

Margaret Bates Margaret Heman 

Katherine Lincoln Jeanne Mc Auliffe 

Louise Flint Gertrude Waldfogel 
Carol Barrett 



Question la. 

Shall the Town of Cohasset be allowed to assess an additional $612,895.00 in real estate 
and personal property taxes for the purpose of meeting the operating expenses of the Town 
Government and School System for the fiscal year beginning July First, Nineteen 
Hundred Ninety-nine? 



Yes 

No 

Blank 

Total 



Pre.l 


Pre. 2 


Total 


600 


536 


1136 


773 


866 


1639 


28 


32 


_6Q 


1401 


1434 


2835 



77 



Pre. 1 


Pre. 2 


Total 


642 


612 


1254 


734 


801 


1535 


25 


21 


46 



Question lb. 

Shall the Town of Cohasset be allowed to assess an additional $509,554.00 in real estate 
and personal property taxes for the purpose of meeting the operating expenses of the Town 
Government and School System for the fiscal year beginning July First, Nineteen 
Hundred Ninety-nine? 



Yes 

No 

Blanks 

Total 1401 1434 2835 



Question Ic. 

Shall the Town of Cohasset be allowed to assess an additional $380,000.00 in real estate 
and personal property taxes for the purpose of meeting the operating expenses of the Town 
Government and School System for the fiscal year beginning July First, Nineteen 
Hundred Ninety-nine? 



Yes 

No 

Blanks 

Total 1401 1434 2835 

The polls closed at 6 p.m Results were declared at 6:30 p.m. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 

Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



Pre. 1 


Pre. 2 


Total 


730 


683 


1413 


645 


719 


1364 


26 


32 


58 



78 



INDEX — SPECIAL TOWN MEETING 
DECEMBER 6, 1999 

ARTICLE # DESCRIPTION OF ARTICLE 

1 Unpaid bills. Adopted unanimously. 

2 Departmental transfers. Motion adopted. 

3 Water capital. Motion adopted. 

4 School renovations. Motion adopted. 

5 Town history book. Motion adopted. 

6 Hiring four firefighters/paramedics. Motion adopted 

7 Fire capital equipment. Adopted unanimously. 

8 New fire vehicles. Motion adopted. 

9 Police capital equipment. Adopted unanimously. 

10 DPW capital equipment. Motion adopted. 

11 Add to Conservation Fund. Adopted unanimously. 

12 Town Hall computers. Adopted unanimously. 

13 James Brook flood control. Motion withdrawn. 

14 Stabilization fund. Motion withdrawn. 

15 Private way repairs. Motion adopted. 

16 Police & Fire station repairs & renovations. Motion withdrawn. 

17 Hire Teen Center Coordinator. Motion adopted. 

18 Amend General Bylaw, Article V. Section 1 (k). Motion withdrawn. 

19 Amend General Bylaw, Article VII, Section 30 (a). Motion adopted. 

20 Add Mendel Road to Central Sewer Project. Motion adopted. 

21 Rezone certain district on Zoning Map. Motion defeated. 

22 Longevity increased for 10 years to $400. Adopted unanimously. 

23 Amend General Bylaw, Article XTV Section 2. Motion adopted. 

24 Amend Zoning Bylaws by eluninating the exemption for adjoining 
undersized lots held in common ownership. Motion withdrawn. 

25 Amend Zoning Bylaws to increase frontage requirements RB 

and RC zones. Motion withdrawn. 

26 Amend Zoning Bylaws to include remedial septic systems 
Motion withdrawn. 

27 Amend Zoning Bylaws to amend Tables of Area Regulations 
Motion withdrawn. 

28 Establish Sewer revolving fund. Motion adopted. 

29. Supplement funding for North Cohasset Sewer Project. 
Motion withdrawn. 

30. Preliminary designs for village revitalization. Motion adopted. 



79 



<^ ppnial Town Meeting - December 6, 1999 

follows. 

appoTnted and sworn in by the Moderator, George L. Marlette. 111. 

T.e Moderator called the meeting to order at 7:05 p m. and a quo^m of 100 was present at that 

time The registered voters checked in on the voting l.st totaled 422. 

,_,,^,,,,,,,,,,^ to dispense with the -ding of the <.,,^ the Meeting and Return of Service 

having been examined by the Moderator and found to be m order. 

Moved the following -les of procedure be adopted for the^^^^^^^^^^^ 

Meeting: that at the beginning of the Speaal Town Meeting ^ ^^^^ ^ 

article shall then and there be voted upon without further debate. 
Articles 7, 9, 11 , 12, 13, 14, 16, 22, 27, and 29 were not held for debate. 
Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 7: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow 

in or otherwise dispose of such existing equipment. 



Self Contained Breathing Apparatus 
Protective Clothing 
New Hose 



80 



Moved that Fifty Three Thousand ($53,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus Revenue, to 
be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of purchasing and equipping the following 
new capital equipment that replaces existing equipment for the Fire Department, and to authorize 
the Town Manager to trade-in or otherwise dispose of such existing equipment: Self Contained 
Breathing Apparatus, Protective Clothing, and New Hose. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 9: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager for the purpose of purchasing and equipping the following new capital equipment that 
replaces existing equipment for the Police Department, and to authorize the Town Manager to 
trade-in or otherwise dispose of such existing equipment: 



Police Chiefs Vehicle 
Communications Equipment Upgrade 

Moved that Sixty Thousand ($60,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Overiay Surplus, to be 
expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of purchasing and equipping the following new 
capital equipment that replaces existing equipment for the Police Department, and to authorize the 
Town Manager to trade-in or othen^vise dispose of such existing equipment: Police Chiefs Vehicle 
and Communications Equipment. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 11: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money to add to the Conservation Fund as 
authorized under M.G.L c. 40, §8C. 

Moved that Five Thousand ($5,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus Revenue, to add to 
the Conservation Fund as authorized under M.G.L. c. 40, §8C. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 12: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, to purchase new computer hardware and software for use at the Town Hall and School 
Business Office, and all other related costs. 



81 



Moved that Forty Thousand ($40,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Overlay Surplus, to be 
expended by the Town Manager, to purchase new computer hardware, software and related 
services for use at the Town Hall and School Business Office, and all other related costs. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 13: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, for the purpose of providing the Town's 25% share of the cost of the Town of 
Cohasset's James Brook Basin Comprehensive Flood Control Project. 

Moved to withdraw this article from consideration. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 14: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money to add to the Stabilization Fund in 
accordance with M.G.L c 40, §5B, as amended. 

Moved to withdraw this article from consideration. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 16: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, for the purpose of retaining an architect, an engineer, or other professional services to 
study the feasibility to make various repairs and improvements to the Police and Fire Station 
located on Elm Street. 

Moved to withdraw this article from consideration. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 



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Article 22: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article XI of the General Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset, 
entitled "Personnel Classification and Compensation Plan", Section 5, paragraph f "Longevity" by 
increasing the amount of compensation for ten (10) years of service from three hundred frfty 
($350) dollars to four hundred ($400) dollars; funding for this article is already contained in the 
existing FY 2000 Town Operating Budget. 

Moved that Article XI of the General Bylaws of the Town of Cohasset, entitled "Personnel 
Classification and Compensation Plan", Section 5, paragraph f "Longevity" by increasing the 
amount of compensation for ten (10) years of service from three hundred fifty ($350) dollars to 
four hundred ($400) dollars; funding for this article is already contained in the existing Pi' 2000 
Town Operating Budget 

Motion adopted unanimously. 
Article 27: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town as follows: 

1. Amend section 5.3.1 , Table of Area Regulations, as follows: 

A. The minimum are required for each zoning district shall be as follows, for all uses (in 
sq. ft.). 
R-A 24,000 

Any permitted community/institutional use - 43,560 (1 acre) 
R-B 43,560 (1 acre) 
R-C 87,120 (2 acres) 
D-B, H-B, W-B, LI, OS - no change 

8. The minimum continuous lot frontage required for each lot in each zoning district 
shall be, for all uses (in feet)jas follows: 
R-A 100 

Any permitted community/institutional uses - 200 

R-B 150 
R-C 200 
D-B, H-B, W-B, LI, OS - no change 

C. The minimum lot width required for each zoning district shall be as follows, for all 
uses (in feet): 
R-A 125 

Any permitted community/institutional uses - 200 

R-B 175 
R-C 250 
D-B, H-B, W-B, LI, OS - no change 



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D. The minimum yard depths (set backs) for each zoning district shall be as follows, for 
all uses (in feet): 

R-A Front 25, Side 20, Rear 20 

Any permitted community/institutional use - Front 35, Side, 35, Rear 50 
R-B Front 35, Side, 25, Rear 35 
R-C Front 50, Side 35, Rear 50 
D-B, H-B, W-B, LI, OS - no change 

E. Add a new column for maximum front setback: 

All districts - No more than 2 times the minimum front yard depth required. 

2. Amend Section 5.4, Table of Area Regulations Notes, as follows: 

A. In paragraph 7, first line, insert the words "Montage, lot area, and lof after the word 
"maximum". 

B. In paragraph 7, on the second and third lines, delete "Not more than fifty percent of 
and, further on the third line, insert the word "not" after the word "shall". 

C. Add a new paragraph 13, as follows: 

"Minimum lot width shall be achieved at the point of minimum front setback and shall 
be maintained through the remainder of the property. 

3. Amend Section 2.1 , Definitions, definition of Lot-Width, as follows: 

In the first sentence, strike all words after "measured" and replace with "at a minimum front 
yard depth required." 

Moved to withdraw this article from consideration. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

Article 29: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow ! 
from the Massachusetts Water Pollution Abatement Trust, or otherwise borrow pursuant to any 
applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town Manager to supplement 
funding for the North Cohasset Sewer Project as voted in Article 5 of the March, 1997, Special; 
Town Meeting, and further, that the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, \ 
borrow such supplemental sum or sums of money to supplement Article 5 of the March, 1 997, ; 
Special Town Meeting funding for the design, engineering, construction and installation of said 
project which borrowing is to be a general obligation of the Town, however, it is intended to repay' 
such borrowing through betterments assessed upon the properties, benefited thereby; provided, 
however, a sum of money equal to one half of the principal and interest applicable to such 
supplemental borrowing is to be appropriated from the tax levy and other general revenues of thei 
Town. 

Moved to. withdraw this article from consideration. 



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Motion adopted unanimously. 

j Moved by William Foley, member of the Advisory Committee, to indefinitely postpone zoning 
I articles 24, 25, 26 and bring to the sphng town meeting. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 24: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town by eliminating the exemption 
for adjoining undersized lots held in common ownership, as follows: 

by deleting the following language from the end of Section 8.3 Single Lot Exemption, Subsection 
B(3): 

"or if held in ownership the same as that of adjoining land, had an area of not less than: a. 
9,000 square feet in R-A district; b. 15,000 square feet in R-B district; c. 20,000 square 
feet in R-C districf . 

Moved to withdraw this article from consideration. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 25: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylaws of the Town to increase the frontage 
requirements for Residential Zones R-B and R-C and to change the definition of "Frontage" as 
follows: 

1 . By deleting, in Section 5.3, Table of Area Regulations, all three references to 50 feet of 
required footage for both the R-B and R-C districts, listed within that table and by 
substituting therewith the number 75 (feet) for all three categories of property listed in the 
R-B district and by substituting the number 100 (feet) for all three categohes of property 
listed in the R-C district, to read as follows: 

MINIMUM REQUIRED LOTS 
Use as Permitted Area Frontage Width 

District Table 4.2 (Sq. Ft) (Ft) (Ft) 

R-A Single Family Dwelling 18,000 50 100 

Conversion for a 2-family 24,000 50 100 

from Table 4.2 6,000 for each additional family more than 2 



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Permitted community facility, 
and other structure or other 
principle use 
* Permitted accessory building 



* Portion of main building less 
than 15 feet in height 



18,000 50 100 

(may be constructed no closer than 3 feet to the 
side lines and/or rear lines of its lot if less than 15 
feet in height and 75 feet in setback) 



(may extend no closer than 10 feet to side lines of 
its lot) 



R-B Single-family Dwelling 

Conversion to a 2-family 
from Table 4.2 

Permitted community facility, 
and other structure or other 
principle use 
* Permitted accessory building 



35,000 75 125 

48,000 75 125 

8,000 for each additional family more than 2 



35,000 75 125 

(may be constructed no closer than 6 feet to the 
side lines and/or rear lines of its lot if less than 15 
feet in height, and 100 feet in setback) 



* Portion of a main building not 
exceeding 1 5 feet in height 



(may extend no closer than 15 feet to the side lines 
of its lot) 



R-C Single-family Dwelling 

Conversion to a 2-family 
from table 4.2 
(Table of Use Regulations) 



60,000 
80,000 



100 
100 



150 
150 



10,000 for each additional family more than 2 



Pennitted community facility, 
and other structure or other 
principle use 



60,000 



100 



150 



2. 



By deleting the definition for "Frontage", contained in Section 2.1, definitions, in its 
entirety, and by substituting the following new definition: 



Frontage: 

The distance between adjacent intersections of lot and street sidelines measured in 
a continuous line along the street sideline over which access to the lot must be 
attainable, and tangent to which and within all other lot lines a circle, the diameter of 
which is not less than 80 percent of the minimum lot size frontage set forth in Section 
5.2 and 5.3 of the Bylaw may be located. 



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Moved to withdraw this article from consideration. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 26: 

To see if the Town will vote to include remedial septic systems of the same capacity to be a 
permitted use within the flood plain, as follows: 

By inserting in Section 9.5(6), Allowed Uses within the Special Flood Plain and Watershed 
Protection District, after the words "water control stmctures", on line 2, and before the words. 
"water treatment storage", the following new term: 

"remedial replacement septic systems of the same capacity as any pre-existing septic 
systems on the same 'lot or parcel." 

Moved to withdraw this article from consideration. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 1: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, to pay for unpaid bills from previous fiscal years. 

VENDOR AMOUNT REQUESTED 



Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis 


$14,667.00 


Walgreens 


153.00 


John P. Latchaw, M.D. 


60.00 


Edward McKenney, D.C. 


433.00 


Norwell Physical Therapy 


590.00 


TOTAL 


$15,903.00 



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Moved that Fifteen Thousand Nine Hundred Three ($15,903.00) Dollars be transferred from 
Surplus Revenue, to be expended by the Town Manager, to pay the following unpaid bills from 
previous fiscal years: 



Deutsch Williams Brooks DeRensis 

Walgreens 

John P. Latchaw, M.D. 

Edward McKenney, D.C. 

Norwell Physical Therapy 

TOTAL 



$14,667.00 

153.00 

60.00 

433.00 

590.00 

$15,903.00 



A 9/10 vote required. Motion adopted unanimously. 



Article 2: 



To see if the Town will vote to' raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to. be expended by the Town 
Manager, needed by various departmental budgets, as established by Article 3 of the March 27, 
1999 Annual Town Meeting, and appropriations to complete the fiscal year ending June 30, 2000. 



DEPARTMENT 
BUDGET 



AMOUNT PURPOSE 



School Department Expenses $1 82,565.00 

Town Treasurer/Collector Salary 5,800.00 

Council on Elder Affairs Expenses 1 ,500.00 

Council on Elder Affairs Expenses 5,500.00 

Board of Selectmen Expenses 3,000.00 

Town Accountant Expenses 3,000.00 

Police Department Salaries 5,200.00 

Town Manager's Clerical Pool 7,212.00 

Insurance Expense 21,000.00 

Insurance Expense 26,000.00 

Health Insurance 55,000.00 

Medicare Tax 15,000.00 

DPW Expenses 10.570.00 

TOTAL $341,347.00 



To cover Special Education Costs 

To cover overlapping salaries of Treasurer 

To purchase two A/C's, TV and VCR 

To pay for Senior Survey 

Regional Services Consortium, membership 

To pay for Treasurer's Cash Audit 

To cover clerical salaries 

To hire new part time Sewer Clerk 

To pay for Officer on Duty Injuries 

To cover increase premium expense 

To cover projected shortfall 

To cover projected shortfall 

To replace culvert on King Street 



Moved that Two Hundred Ninety Six Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty-Two ($296,782.00) 
Dollars, to be expended by the Town Manager, needed by various departmental budgets and, 
appropriations to complete the Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2000, be transferred as follows: 



Transfer Funds From: 
Surplus Revenue 
Additional State Aid 



$263,362.00 
$ 33.420.00 



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Total $296,782.00 

Transfer Funds To: 

School Department Expenses $200,000.00 

Town Treasurer/Collector Salary 5,800.00 

Council of Elder Affairs Expenses 7,000.00 

Board of Selectmen Expenses 3,000.00 

Town Accountant Expenses 3,000.00 

Police Department Salaries 5,200.00 

Town Manager's Clerical Pool 7,212.00 

Health Insurance 40,000.00 

Medicare Tax 15,000.00 

DPW Expenses 10.570.00 

TOTAL $296,782.00 

Amendment offered by Diane Sullivan, member of tire Board of Selectmen. 

Moved that the amount of Two Hundred Ninety-Six Thousand, Seven Hundred Eighty-Two 
($296,782.00) Dollars, to be expended by the Town Manager needed by various departmental 
budgets and appropriations to complete the Fiscal year ending June 30, 2000 be reduced to 
Ninety-Six Thousand, Seven Hundred Eighty-Two ($96,782.00) Dollars so as to remove Two 
Hundred Thousand ($200,000.00) Dollars for School Department Expenses. 

Transfer Funds From: 

Surplus Revenue: $96,782.00 

Hand count taken Yes 88; No 199. Amendment defeated. 

Main motion adopted. 

Article 3: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money to: (a) repair, rehabilitate, clean and 
line, and replace water mains, and make other capital improvements to the water distribution 
system; (b) repair, rehabilitate and make capital improvements to the Lily Pond Water Treatment 
Plant; (c) conduct water quality monitoring, establish monitoring wells, perfonn studies and take 
other actions to preserve and protect water quality in the watersheds for Lily Pond, the Aaron 
River Reservoir and the sources of the Town public drinking water supply; and (d) perfonn other 
capital improvements to the Water Treatment Plant, the distribution system, or other Water 
Department Facilities. 



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Moved that the sum of Ninety Eight Thousand Five Hundred Eighty-Six ($98,586.00) Dollars be 
transferred from Water Surplus; the sum of One Hundred Five Thousand Four Hundred 
($105 400 00) Dollars be transferred from Water Department Maturing Debt - Principal as voted in 
Article 3 of the 1999 Annual Town Meeting, the sum of Fifty Thousand ($50,000) Dollars be 
transfen-ed from Water Department Maturing Debt - Interest as voted in Article 3 of the 1999 
Annual To\Am Meeting, and the sum of One Hundred Twenty Four Thousand Fourteen 
($124 014 00) Dollars be transferred from the funds appropriated under Article 3 of the October 
26 1998 Special Town Meeting, for a total sum of Three Hundred Seventy Eight Thousand 
($378 000 00) Dollars, to: (a) replace fire hydrants; (b) install and replace pipes on Stevens Lane 
and Holly Lane; (c) conduct a facilities audit of the Lily Pond Water Treatment Plant and other 
capital facilities' and make repairs; (d) remove accumulated sludge; (e) install three monitonng 
wells between the Cohasset Heights Landfill and Lily Pond; (f) rebuild or replace one high-lift 
pump and one low-lift pump; (g) develop a computerized database using Geographic Infonnation 
System (GIS) and Computerized Assisted Drafting (CAD) software of the distribution system and 
watershed areas; and (h) replace valves and gates. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 4: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds; and/or bon-ow, 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the School 
Committee and the Town Manager, for the purpose of retaining architects, engineers or other 
professional services to develop construction drawings and bid documents which incorporate the 
design of various improvements and repairs, including handicapped improvements,- to the Middle 
High School and Deer Hill Elementary School, as determined by the Cohasset School Committee 
based on the results of a feasibility study conducted by the architectural firm Strekalovsky and 
Hoit and to return to the 2000 Annual Town Meeting for the actual constructions funds; provided, 
however that no money shall be borrowed under this vote unless the Town shall have voted at a 
regular or special election to exempt the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued for this 
project from the limitations of proposition two an one half, so called. 



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Moved that Three Hundred Ninety Thousand ($390,000.00) Dollars be hereby appropnated, to be 
expended jointly by the School Committee and Town Manager, for the purpose of retaining 
architects, engineers or other professional services to develop construction drawings and bid 
documents which incorporate the design of various improvements and repairs, including 
handicapped improvements, to the Middle High School and Deer Hill Elementary School, as 
determined by the Cohasset School Committee based on the results of a feasibility study 
conducted by the architectural firm Strekalovsky and Hoit, that to fund this appropnation, the 
Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, is hereby authorized to bon-ow Three 
Hundred Ninety Thousand ($390,000.00) Dollars, under and pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of 
the Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue 
bonds or notes of the Town, therefore; provided, however, that no money shall be borrowed under 
this vote unless the Town shall have voted at a regular or special election to exempt the amounts 
required to pay for the bonds issued for this project from the limitations of proposition two and one 
half so called. 

A 2/3 vote is required. Motion is adopted by the necessary 2/3's. 

Article 5: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or bon-ow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, to add to the appropriation under Article 9 of the October 26,1998, Special Town 
Meeting, for the purpose of allowing the Town History Committee to pay for the production cost 
and employ a writer to write volume #3 of the Town History Committee to pay for the production 
cost and employ a writer to write volume #3 of the Town History covering the period from 1950 to 
the year 2000, as original approved under Article 25, of the October 28, 1996, Special Town 
Meeting. 

Moved that Thirty Thousand ($30,000.00) Dollars be transfen-ed from Surplus Revenue, to be 
expended by the Town Manager, to add to the appropriation under Article 9 of the October 
26,1998, Special Town Meeting, for the purpose of allowing the Town History Committee to pay 
for the production cost and employ a writer to write volume #3 of the Town History covering the 
period from 1950 to the year 2000, as originally approved under Article 25, of the October 28. 
1996, Special Town Meeting. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 6: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, a sum or sums 
of money, to be expended by the Town Manager, to add to the Fire Department Personal Services 
Line Item, as voted in accordance with Article 3 of the March 27, 1999, Annual Town Meeting and 
amended by Article 2 of the May 17, 1999, Special Town Meeting, for the purpose of hinng four 
(4) additional firefighter/paramedics for the Fire Department. 



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Moved that One Hundred Thousand ($100,000.00) Dollars be transfen-ed from Overlay Surplus, 
to be expended by the Town Manager, to add to the Fire Department Personal Services Line Item, 
as voted in accordance with Article 3 of the March 27, 1 999, Annual Town Meeting and amended 
by Article 2 of the May 17, 1999, Special Town Meeting, for the purpose of hiring four (4) 
additional firefighter/paramedics for the Fire Department. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 8: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or bon-owi 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Towni 
Manager for the purpose of purchasing a new Fire Pumper Truck and a new Multi-Service Truck 
that will replace existing equipment, and to authorize the Town Manager to trade-in or otherwise! 
dispose of such existing equipment. 

Moved that Three Hundred Sixty Thousand ($360,000.00) Dollars be hereby appropriated, to be^ 
expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of purchasing a new Fire Pumper Truck and a 
new Multi-Service Truck that will replace existing equipment, and to authorize the Town Manager 
to trade-in or otherwise dispose of such existing equipment, and, that to fund this appropriation,: 
the Treasurer, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen is hereby authorized to borrow Threes 
Hundred Sixty Thousand ($360,000.00) Dollars, pursuant to Chapter 44, Section 7 of the' 
Massachusetts General Laws, as amended, or any other enabling authority, and to issue bonds or: 
notes of the Town therefore. 

A 2/3 vote is required. A hand vote taken Yes 239; No 25^ Motion adopted by thei 
necessary 2/3's. 

Article 10: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow, 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Townt 
Manager, for the purpose of purchasing and equipping the following new capital equipment thati 
replaces existing equipment for the Department of Public Works, and to authorize the Towni 
Manager to trade-in or othen/vise dispose of such existing equipment. 

Stainless Steel Sand Spreader 
Front End Loader and Back Hoe 
4x4 Pick Up Truck 



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Moved that One Hundred Thousand One Hundred ($100,100.00) Dollars be transfen-ed from the 
proceeds from the sale of the Independence Building, to be expended by the Town Manager, for 
the purpose of purchasing and equipping the following new capital equipment that replaces 
existing equipment for the Department of Public Works, and to authonze the Town Manager to 
trade-in or otherwise dispose of such existing equipment: Stainless Steel Sand Spreader, Front 
End Loader and Back Hoe, and 4x4 Pick Up Truck. 

Amendment offered by Leiand Jenkins. 

Moved that Forty Eight Thousand ($48,000.00) Dollars be transfen-ed from the proceeds from the 
sale of the Independence Building, to be expended by the Town Manager, for the purpose of 
purchasing and equipping equipment for the Department of Public Works. 

Amendment defeated. Main motion adopted. 

Article 15: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow 
pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, to add to the Private Way Repair Capital Account, as originally voted in Article 15 of the 
October 26, 1998, Special Town Meeting, to repair private ways in Town. 

Moved that Twenty Five Thousand ($25,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus Revenue, to 
be expended by the Town Manager, to add to the Private Way Repair Capital Account, as 
originally voted in Article 15 of the October 26, 1998, Special Town Meeting, to repair pnvate 
ways in Town. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 17: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, a sum or sums 
of money, to be expended by the Town Manager, to hire a Teen Center Coordinator for the Youth 
Resources Committee. 



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NAME 

Roseanne M. McMorris 
Kevin Ulmer 
Lori Shaughnessy 
Jodi Butman 
Diane Dooiey 
Linda DeRosa-Coakley 
Clark Chatterton 
Alison Ulmer 
Betsy Connolly 
Christopher Brophy 



CITIZENS' PETITION 
ADDRESS 

89 Doane Street 
30 Margin Street 
57 Howe Road 
17 Spring Street 
32 Buttonwood Lane 
6 Bound Brook Lane 
9 Red Gate Lane 
30 Margin Street 
431A King Street 
1 6 Beechwood Street 



Moved that Eight Thousand Seven Hundred Fifty ($8,750.00) Dollars ^e transferred from Surplu^ 
&ue, to be expended by the Town Manager, to hire a Teen Center Coordinator for the Youth 
Resources Committee. 



Motion adopted. 



Article 18: 



To see if the Town will vote to amend Article V. Section 1 . subsection (K) of the General Bylaws of 
Cohasset by inserting after the words "no collective bargaining agreement" the following words. 
\. of the clerical, custodial, fire, library, police and teacher's unions, even when presented as part 

of a department budget". 



NAME 

Lenora C. Jenkins 
Raymond Kasperowicz 
Joanne Young 
Alysa T. Goodrich 
Rebecca L Jenkins 
Tanna B. Kasperowicz 
Thaddeus Kasperowicz 
Denise C. Desmond 
Tana Carlson 
Paul E. Carlson 



CITIZENS' PETITION 

ADDRESS 

1 98 Jerusalem Road 
172 South Main Street 

264 North Main Street 

265 South Main Street 
198 Jenjsalem Road 

1 72 South Main Street 
172 South Main Street 
51 Ledgewood Drive 
18 Old Coach Road 
18 Old Coach Road 



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Moved to withdraw this article from consideration. 

Motion adopted. 

Robert Protuiis requested a moment of silence for the six Worcester firefighters that died in the 
line of duty on Friday, December 3, 1999. 

Article 19: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article VII, "Safety and Public Order", Section 30, paragraph 
(a) by deleting the first sentence in its entirety and inserting in its place the following new 
sentence: "No person shall sell at retail between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. any food"; 
and, further, amend Section 30, paragraph (b) by deleting the first sentence in its entirety and 
inserting in its place the following new sentence: "No store or place of business engaged in the 
retail sale of food shall be open for the transaction of retail business between the hours of 1 1 :00 
p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

CITIZENS' PETITION 

NAME ADDRESS 

Sandra Zappolo 42 Elm Court 

Clifford J. Dickson 18 Tupelo Road 

Scott E. Coughlin 31 Ash Street 

Ann Musto . 1 7 Lantern Lane 

Kimberly D. Flores 133 Beechwood Street 

Paul J. Laugelle 96 Pleasant Street 

Stephen Faber 1 Bayberry Lane 

Rocco Laugelle 38 Smith Place 

Edward J. Figueiredo 54 Cedar Street 

Andrew P. Quigley 38 Jenjsalem Road 

Moved that Article VII, "Safety and Public Order"', Section 30, paragraph (a) be hereby amended 
by deleting the first sentence in its entirety and inserting in its place the following new sentence: 
"No person shall sell at retail between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. any food"; and, 
further, amend Section 30, paragraph (b) by deleting the first sentence in its entirety and inserting 
in its place the following new sentence: "No store or place of business engaged in the retail sale 
of food shall be open for the transaction of retail business between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 
6:00 a.m. 

Moved to withdraw this article from consideration. Motion defeated. 
Main motion adopted. 



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Article 20: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article 5 of the March 29, 1997, Special Town Meeting, 
establishing the Central Cohasset Sewer Expansion Project, to include Mendel Road in the 
Central Expansion District, as contained in the Facility Plan dated December, 1996. 

CITIZENS' PETITION 
NAME ADDRESS 

Susan Kent 3 Mendel Road 

Robert Dennis 374 Beechwood Street 

Lany Adams 4 Tupelo Road 

William Malley 44 Elm Court 

Suzanne M. Stutz 271 Cedar Street 

Ann Dooley 241 Pond Street 
James Oilman • 62 Rust Way 
Pamela A. Fredericks 1 8 Pleasant Street 

Daniel Roth 7 Highland Ave. 

Leslie Gaines 5 Mendel Road 

Moved that the Town vote to amend Article 5 of the March 29, 1997, Special Town Meeting, 
establishing the Central Cohasset Sewer Expansion Project, as amended by Articles 14 and 15 of 
the 1998 Annual Town Meeting, and as further amended by Article 11 of the October 26, 1998 
Special Town Meeting be hereby amended by increasing the amount so voted by Twenty 
Thousand ($20,000.00) Dollars from $13,686,809 to a new total of $13,706,809 to pay for the 
additional work to include the properties on Mendel Road constituting the Olde Farm 
Condominiums, and to amend the boundaries of the Central Expansion District, as contained in 
the facility Plan dated December, 1996 to include Mendel Road, and to meet this appropriation the 
sum of Twenty Thousand ($20,000.00) Dollars be transferred from gifts from the unit owners of 
such Olde Farm Condominiums of that amount in the Treasury of the Town; provided however, 
that (a) No such amount shall be expended until the total of Twenty Thousand ($20,000.00) 
Dollars has been received by the Treasurer of the Town; and (b) such unit owners of Old Farm 
Condominiums shall be included for their share in any betterments imposed pursuant to Article 5, 
as amended, for the treatment and collection facilities system wide; and (c) to the extent that the 
full amount of the Twenty Thousand ($20,000.00) Dollar gift from the Unit Owners of Olde Farm 
Condominium is not expended by the Town, that the unexpended balance be refunded to the unit 
owners of the Olde Farm Condominiums; and (d) such properties of Olde Farm Condominiums 
shall be connected to the sewer mains upon determination by the Sewer Commission that the 
Central Cohasset Sewer District system has sufficient capacity to process the sewerage deriving 
from the Old Farm Condominiums; and (e) this vote shall not take effect unless or until the 
residents of Mendel Road secure such easements or other access rights to physically connect 
Mendel Road to the Town's Sewerage System subject to engineering approval of the design and 
location for such connection. 

Motion adopted. 



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Article 21: 

To see if the Town will vote to rezone a certain district as shown on the Zoning Map identified as 
"Zoning District Map of the Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, October 1, 1976 as revised to 
1985" prepared by Edwin Young R.LS., R.P.E. (hereinafter called the "Map") so that the Light 
Industry District located west of Chief Justice Gushing Way as shown on the area crosshatched 
on the Map, and identified "PL", and more particularly shown on a copy of the Map on file with the 
Town Clerk and showing the aforesaid area outlined in red and identified as "NEW HIGHWAY 
BUSINESS DISTRICT", be rezoned as Highway Business ("HB") district; that the Town reprint the 
zoning map so said area shall be colored red and identified with the letters "HB°; and that the 
Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow, pursuant to any 
applicable statute, a sum or sums of money for the purpose of reprinting the Map to contain and 
reflect the changes authorized herein; 

CITIZENS' PETITION 



NAME ADDRESS 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 53 Pond Street 

Kevin F. O'Donnell 248 King Street 

Vicky C. Neaves 259 South Main Street 

Ralph Kidder 2 Cushing Road 

Linda Keller 2 Cushing Road 

James C. Kinch 77 Forest Avenue 

Diana N. Kinch 77 Forest Avenue 

Constance Afshar 141 South Main Street 

Michael F. McNabb 662 Jemsalem Road 

Paula E. Logan 121 Nichols Road 

Moved that a certain district as shown on the Zoning Map identified as "Zoning District Map of the 
Town of Cohasset, Massachusetts, October 1, 1976 as revised to 1985" prepared by Edwin 
Young R.LS., R.P.E. (hereinafter called the "Map") is hereby rezoned so that the Light Industry 
District located west of Chief Justice Cushing Way as shown on the area crosshatched on the 
Map, and identified "PL", and more particulariy shown on a copy of the Map on file with the Town 
Clerk and showing the aforesaid area outlined in red and identified as "NEW HIGHWAY 
BUSINESS DISTRICT, is hereby rezoned as Highway Business ("HB") district; that the Town 
reprint the zoning map so said area shall be colored red and identified with the letters "HB"; and 
that Five Thousand ($5,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus Revenue, to be expended by 
the Town Manager, for purpose of reprinting the Map to contain and reflect the changes 
authorized herein. 



A 2/3's vote is required. Motion defeated. 



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Article 23: 

To see if the Town will vote to amend Article XIV of the General Bylaws, Wetlands Protection, in 
Section 2, by adding the following paragraph: 

"Except as permitted by the Cohasset Conservation Commission or as provided in this 
Article, any solid waste landfill shall ensure that leachate does not discharge into the 
watershed of any public drinking water supply, and shall have storm water controls that 
prevent erosion, prevent discharge of pollutants into said watershed, protect the physical 
integrity of the landfill, and ensure that siltation due to erosion shall not migrate off-site into 
said watershed. 

CITIZENS' PETITION 



NAME ADDRESS 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 53 Pond Street 

Kevin F. O'Donnell 248 King Street 

Vicky C. Neaves 259 South Main Street 

Ralph Kidder 2 Cushing Road 

Linda Keller 2 Cushing Road 

James C. Kinch 77 Forest Avenue 

Diana N. Kinch 77 Forest Avenue 

Constance Afshar 141 South Main Street 

Michael F. McNabb 662 Jenjsaiem Road 

Paula E. Logan 121 Nichols Road 

Moved that Article XIV of the General Bylaws, Wetlands Protection, in Section 2, is hereby i 

amended by adding the following paragraph: 

"Except as permitted by the Cohasset Conservation Commission or as provided in this 
Article, any solid waste landfill shall ensure that leachate does not discharge into the 
watershed of any public drinking water supply, and shall have storm water controls that 
reasonably prevent erosion, prevent discharge of pollutants into said watershed, protect the 
physical integrity of the landfill, and ensure that siltation due to erosion shall not migrate 
off-site into said watershed. 

Motion adopted. 



98 



i, tVrticie 28: 

To see if the Town will vote to adopt the provisions of iVIassachusetts General Laws, Chapter 44, 
Section 53E1/2, thereby establishing a revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2000, such account not to 
2xceed $50,000.00, to be spent under the jurisdiction of the Town Manager, to pay for the 
:onstnjction, use, inspection and observation of the gravity and pressure sewer connections 
X)nducted by licensed drain layers, said revolving account to receive such fees as may be 
mposed by the Board of Sewer Commissioners at the time the property owners make application 
or said constmction and such revenues from fees for the use and operation of the North 
Sohasset Sewer District in Fiscal Year 2000. 

moved that the Town vote to adopt the provisions of Massachusetts Gena'^l Laws, Chapter 44. 
Section 53E1/2, thereby establishing a revolving fund for Fiscal Year 2000, such account not to 
3xceed $50,000.00, to be spent under the jurisdiction of the Town Manager, to pay for the 
construction, use, inspection and observation of the gravity and pressure sewer connections 
conducted by licensed drain layers, said revolving account to receive such fees as may be 
mposed at the time the property owners make application for said construction and such 
■avenues from fees for the use and operation of the North Cohasset Sewer District in Fiscal Year 
2000. 

Motion adopted. 

Article 30: 

To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, and/or borrow 
[pursuant to any applicable statute, a sum or sums of money, to be expended by the Town 
Manager, to produce preliminary designs for a Cohasset Village Infrastructure and Streetscape 
Improvement Program to include, but not be limited to, the following: a field survey; creation of 
engineered base plans; traffic and circulation analysis; parking, sidewalk, curbing lighting and 
landscape design; conceptual drawings; 25% design drawings which is required for additional 
funding; detailed budgetary cost estimates; implementation schedule and material preparation for 
future grants; all of this work to be completed within the following roads: South Main Street (from 
comer of Robert E. Jason Road to the Former Lilac House); Elm Street; Brook Street; Depot 
Court; Ripley Road (from Depot Court to the Post Office)' and rear parking area. 

Moved that Five Thousand ($5,000.00) Dollars be transferred from Surplus Revenue, to be 
expended by the Town Manager, to produce preliminary designs for a Cohasset Village 
Infrastructure and Streetscape Improvement Program to include, but not be limited to, the 
following: a field survey; creation of engineered base plans; traffic and circulation analysis; 
parking, sidewalk, curbing lighting and landscape design; conceptual drawings; 25% design 
drawings which is required for additional funding; detailed budgetary cost estimates; 
implementation schedule and material preparation for future grants; all of this wor1< to be 
completed within the following roads: South Main Street (from comer of Robert E. Jason Road to 
the Former Lilac House); Elm Street; Brook Street; Depot Court; Ripley Road (from Depot Court to 
the Post Office)' and rear parking area. 



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Motion adopted. 

It was moved and seconded that the Special Town Meeting be dissolved at 11:15 p. m. 

Motion adopted unanimously. 

A True Record, ATTEST: 

Marion L. Douglas 
Town Cleri< 



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SPECIAL TOWN ELECTION — DECEMBER 11. 1999 
8 A.M. - 6 P.M. 

The polls opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 6 p.m. Total voters -- 1247. Percent -- 23%. 
Absentees - Pet. 1 --31; and Pet. 2 - 35. 

Election officers sworn in by the Town Clerk, Marion L. Douglas at 7:45 A.M. were as 
follows: 



Carol St. Pierre 
Kathleen Rhodes 
Carla Getto 
Susan Kent 
Janet MacLure 
Debra Krupcza 



Janice Rosano 
Jean Thompson 
Shirley Tewksbury 
Louise Flint 
Grace Tuckerman 



OUESTION 1. 



"Shall the Town of Cohasset be allowed to exempt from the provisions of proposition two 
and one half, so called, the amounts required to pay for the bonds issued in order to retain 
architects, engineers or other professional services to develop construction drawings and 
bid documents which incorporate the design of various improvements and repairs, includ- 
ing handicapped improvements, to the Middle High School and Deer Hill Elementary 
School? 



YES 
NO 

BLANKS 
TOTAL 



Pre.l 

416 
234 

650 



Pre. 2 

354 

242 

1 

597 



TOTAL 

770 
476 

1 

1247 



Polls closed at 6 p.m. and the results were declared at 6:30 p.m. 

A True Record, Attest: 
Marion L. Douglas, Town Clerk 



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BIRTHS FOR THE YEAR 1999 



JANUARY 

8 Shane Douglas Nourie 

9 Mitchell Myers Buckley 

13 Maxwell Parker Nakashima 

18 Oliver Nicholas Massey 

18 Sarah Louis Massey 

20 Liam Shaughnessey O'Connell 

25 Michael Thomas Tesauro 

27 Mark Culver Bodner 



Gregg & Denise Nourie (Zimmerman) 
John & Barbara Buckley (Myers) 
Michael & Beverly Nakashima (Bielewicz) 
Nicholas & Julia Massey (Negri) 
Nicholas & Julia Massey (Negri) 
Liam & Bemadette O'Connell (Fleming) 
Thomas & Catherine Tesauro (McCleary) 
Randall & Elizabeth Bodner (Evans) 



FEBRUARY 

2 Jack Wesley Nee 
16 Nathan James Adam 
22 Benjamin Kimball Rice 
28 Thomas Jay Dings 



Coleman & Karyn Nee (Swaun) 
John & Julie Adam (Welch) 
Daniel & Sophia Rice (Kimball) 
Stephen & Elizabeth Dings (Crowley) 



MARCH 

1 David Terence Hillman 

1 Kelly Donovan Trayers 

5 Connor Bierley Murphy 

9 Joseph R. Campedelli 

13 Xanthia Zoe Yerby 

17 Caroline Elizabeth O'Brien 

18 Abigail Elizabeth Thomas 

19 Bradley Rhodes Winn 

28 John Matthew Cunningham 

28 Sophia Amelia Stone 

29 Robert Charles Dubiel 

29 Kathleen Meghan McKeon 

31 Meredith Harwood Julian 



Robert & Margaret Hillman (Neeser) 
Paul & Maureen Trayers (Kelly) 
Brian & Julie Murphy (Hoge) 
Dominic & Diane Campedelli (Musetti) 
Joel & Priscilla Yerby (Morris) 
Kevin & Bridget O'Brien (Flaherty) 
Kevin & Tracy Thomas (Echlyn) 
Paul & Gay Winn (Rhodes) 
Matthew & Patricia Cunningham (Lypschultz) 
Lee & Laura Stone (Evans) 
Douglas & Maria Dubiel (Willmore) 
James & Claudia McKeon (Zappala) 
Christopher & Amory Julian (Hunnewell) 



APRH. 

5 Matthew Frank Verrochi Keenan 

7 Kaitlin Anne McGovem 

7 Michael Patrick McElvey 

8 Jill South Durkin 

9 Jeffrey Peter Sullivan 
10 Elizabeth B. Coletta 

14 William Christopher Castro 

18 Madison Grace McGlinchey 

18 Maggie Elizabeth Queenan 

1 8 Amanda Faith Vitello 

22 Mia Eleni Martone 



Joseph & Lynne Keenan (Verrochi) 
Daniel & Bridget McGovem (Farren) 
James & Mary McKelvey (McHugh) 
Robert & Laurie Durkin (Catino) 
Peter & Lynda Sullivan (Hanscom) 
David & Laura Coletta (Durkin) 
Christopher & Denise Castro (Henvey) 
Joseph & Allison McGlinchey (Needle) 
Paul & Carolyn Queenan (Dunn) 
Peter & Jacqueline Vitello (Goyette) 
Richard & Andrea Martone (Mandes) 



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27 Olivia Mae Ambrose 
MAY 

1 Natalie Elle Teflain 

4 Theodore Charles Wahle 

5 George William Bryan 

6 Charles Brown Swartwood II 

7 David Michael Deyeso 

9 Reid Alexander Koropey 

11 Ryan Matthew Golz 

13 Aaron James Goldstein 

13 Nathaniel Gillmore Purdy 

14 MadeUne Tea Stavis 

1 9 Aiden Reilly McHugh 
21 Meghan Anne McNamee 

21 Liam Patrick McDonald 

22 Elizabeth Claire Suzedell 

27 Robert William Oliver 

JUNE 

5 Emma Rose Morris 

8 Liam Thomas Wilson 

9 Adrian Cole Hatch 
10 Patrick Jeffirey Slater 
14 Taylor Catherine Kelley 
16 Daniel Evan Baldry 

18 Jacqueline Callahan Giroux 

20 Victoria Nicole Ross 

23 Emma Louise Humphrey 

24 Audrey Marie Hart 

26 Jack Raymond Mahoney 

28 Madelyn Nicole Schwandt 



Anthony & Dorene Ambrose (Fallon) 

Mark & Cynthia Teflain (Paton) 
Charles & Beth Wahle (Flanagan) 
Douglas & Leslie Bryan (Frazza) 
Alexander & Cynthia Swartwood (Cotler) 
Michael & Patricia Deyeso (Reggio) 
Andrew & Bettina Koropey (Bianco) 
Erik & Barbara Golz (Jaccodine) 
Jeffrey & Jennifer Goldstein (Lane) 
Edward & Amy Purdy (Jessup) 
Jonathan & Judith Stavis (Zeikel) 
Paul & Sue McHugh (Morash) 
Richard & Andrea McNamee (Reno) 
Edward & Christine McDonald (Crowley) 
Eugene & Bemadette Suzedell (Crump) 
William & Kathleen Oliver (Walsh) 



Gregory & Mara Morris (Sceery) 
Christopher & Caroline Wilson (Perry) 
Welles & Katherine Hatch (Phillips) 
Jeffrey & Kathryn Slater (McLaughlin) 
Francis & Kelly Kelley (Hemmert) 
Edwin & Gwendolyn Baldry (Hall) 
Donald & Andrea Giroux (Callahan) 
Robert & Anita Ross (Crisafulli) 
Paul & Laura Humphrey (Lopes) 
Seth & Eileen Hart (Smith) 
Peter & Merrill Mahoney (Morton) 
Gary & Lynne Schwandt (Barry) 



JULY 

2 

8 
18 
20 
20 
22 



John Robert Curran 
Sara Elizabeth Blackington 
Matthew Robert Donahue 
Michael Edwards Slanetz 
Charles A. Slanetz 
Madeline Rose Ronzoni 



Brian & Kristin Cuiran (Jackson) 
James & Mary Blackington (Maher) 
Robert & Deborah Donahue (Blake) 
Alfred & Carol Slanetz (Hodson) 
Alfred & Carol Slanetz (Hodson) 
Michael & Ime Ronzoni (Gagnor) 



AUGUST 

5 William Edward Schwartz 

6 Samuel Louis Montgomery 
8 Sophia Nicole Pitts 

17 Martin Patton Longo 

18 Ryan Whitman Conforti 



Jeffrey & Leigh Schwartz (King) 
John & Suzanne Montgomery (Tayer) 
Paul & Helen Pitts (Morrison) 
Vmcent & Tracy Longo (Patton) 
Keith Conforti & Joyce Whitman 



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18 Quentin Roger Hill 

19 Curtis Emery Lessard 

30 Cora Madeline Quinlan 

3 1 Marcella Maria Flibotte 



Roger & Joanne Hill (Cannon) 
Kevin & Pamela Lessard (Weisenfluh) 
David & Joanna Quinlan (Lewis) 
Mark & Lucia Filbotte (Fabrizio) 



SEPTEMBER 

4 William James Greer 
4 Morgan Elise Langenhagen 
10 Emilee Christine Lyons 
1 3 Elizabeth Grace Walsh 
24 Thomas Michael Carrabes 



Kenneth & Abigail Greer (Adams) 
Conrad & Lori Langenhagen (Hultman) 
Richard Lyons & Jacquelyn Roche 
Christopher & Mary Walsh (Galowski) 
Joseph & Susan Carrabes (Freydl) 



OCTOBER 

3 Luca Joseph Curatola 

4 Madison Elizabeth Maccini 
8 Marco Joseph Mercurio 

8 Mara Alicia Mercurio 

14 Chase Alexander Bomeisler 

21 Leanne Dorothy Hay den 

21 EUe Claypool Hansen 



Robert & Julia Curatola (Coulon) 
David & Elizabeth Maccini (Lazcano) 
Michael & Ana Mercurio (Marquez) 
Michael & Ana Mercurio (Marquez) 
Stuart & Melissa Bomeisler (Forman) 
Derek & Donna Hayden (Allan) 
Thomas & Kathleen Hansen (Shepherd) 



NOVEMBER 

1 Bridget Madison Walsh 

2 Natalie Nistico Klier 

3 Michael J. Fechter 
5 Zoe Ruth Doherty 
5 Grace Marie Ryan 

10 Joshua Joseph Liberty 



Edward & Jennifer Walsh (Quinn) 
Peter & Linda Klier (Nistico) 
Michael & Linda Fechter (Glass) 
Michael & Margo Doherty (Nedrow) 
Joseph & Carol Ryan (McKeon) 
Franklin & Heidi Liberty (Pratt) 



DECEMBER 

9 Brooke R. DriscoU 
9 Kyle B. Driscoll 
15 Kiley Shannon Crough 

15 Deven Matthew Vamey 

16 Brian William Doyle 



Robert & Christen Driscoll (Chamberlain) 
Robert & Christen Driscoll (Chamberlain) 
Kevin & Sandra Crough (Dalrymple) 
Daniel & Katherine Vamey (Bilodeau) 
William & Patricia Doyle (Burgholzer) 



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MARRIAGES — 19QQ 

January 9, in Cohasset, Joe S. Shultz of Lufkin, TX and Karen B. Kristiansen of 
Cohasset, married by Robert L. Campbell, Minister. 

February 6, in Cohasset, Jonathan R. Creighton of Cohasset and Lisa A. Brooks 
of Natick, married by Gary A. Ritts, Minister. 

February 6, in Boston, Tom E. Lagrotteria of Cohasset and Christine M. Cotter 
of Scituate, married by Matthew Bradley, Priest. 

February 14, in Scituate, Keith A. Townsend of Cohasset and Janice E. Kelleher 
of Cohasset, married by Gabriel Spanley, Justice of the Peace. 

March 21, in Cohasset, Robert W. Libby of Weymouth and Michelle A. 
Migliaccio of Cohasset, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

April 3, in Scituate, Bradford W. Tilden of Hull and Sharon B. Palmer of Hull, 
married by Roger B. Whitcomb, Justice of the Peace. 

April 24, in Cohasset, Ronald J. Restivo of Norwalk, CT and Sharron A. 
Duenweg of Norwalk, CT, married by Gary A. Ritts, Minister. 

May 15, in Scituate, John P. Connell of Cohasset and Jennifer M. Guerriero of 
Cohasset, married by Eugene P. McNamara, Priest. 

May 22, in Cohasset, Michael F. Sumnar of Troy, MI and Ann-Margaret Grew 
of Troy, MI, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

May 29, in Cohasset, Ian Johnston of Cohasset and Deborah K. Meade of 
Cohasset. married by Kathleen Taylor, Justice of the Peace. 

May 29, in Cohasset, Kennan R. Startzell of Humarock and Alison Ludlow of 
Humarock, married by E. Clifford Cutler, Priest. 

June 5, in Cohasset, Joseph R. Dooley of Cohasset and Kieli D. Storm van 
Leeuwen of Cohasset, married by Donna M. Cunio, Minister. 

June 12, in Scituate, John M. Heman of Cohasset and Cynthia A. Whalen of 
Marshfield, married by Edward R. Delgizzi, Justice of the Peace. 

June 19, in Lee, Matthew J. Grech of Cohasset and Kelly A. Tiemey of 
Cohasset, married by Gary M. Dailey, Priest. 

June 19, in Cohasset, Scott R. Topor of Hingham and Heather A. Brennock of 
Cohasset, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

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July 4, in Cohasset, Victor M. Najjar of Cohasset and Penelope H. Stroumbos of 
Cohasset, married by Makarios Niakaros, Priest. 

July 4, in Cohasset, David C. Teig of Weymouth and Christine D. Mack of 
Weymouth, married by Jonathan Eichom, Rabbi. 

July 9, in Cohasset, James B. Witkowski of Scituate and Karen M. Atkinson of 
New Orieans, LA, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

July 17, in Hull, Guy R. Maguire of Hillsborough, NC and Joanna L. Longman 
of Hillsborough, NC, married by Gary A. Ritts, Minister. 

July 21, in Cohasset, Terio P. Galo of Cohasset and Susan B. Acton of Cohasset, 
married by Frank D. Rodick, Justice of the Peace. 

July 24, in Cohasset, Scott S. Gilmartin of Norwell and Karin L. Story of 
Cohasset, married by Gary A. Ritts, Minister. 

July 31, in Cohasset, Phillip G. McCready of Henderson, NC and Jessica C. 
Pyfrom of Henderson, NC, married by Gary A. Ritts, Minister. 

July 31, in Cohasset, Martin M. Osborne of Franklin and Maria C. Kierce of 
Cohasset, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

July 31, in Boston, Eric J. Whitman of Lynn and Lisa A. Tennent of Lynn, mar- 
ried by E. Gardner Jones, Justice of the Peace. 

August 7, in Cohasset, Charles A. Crawford of Maineville, OH and Christine A. 
Mahon of Maineville, OH, married by E. Gardner Jones, Justice of the Peace, 

August 14, in Cohasset, Michael P. Dockray of Cohasset and Heather Murphy of 
Marshfield, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

August 15, in Cohasset, Nathaniel D. Milner of Juneau, AK and Elizabeth 
O'Leary of Juneau, AK, married by Rita Leonard, Rabbi. 

August 21, in Scituate, Shawn R. DeCruz of Cohasset and Lisa- Anne Laugelle 
of Cohasset, married by Diane C. Sulhvan, Justice of the Peace. 

August 29, in Assonet, Kevin M. Lewis of Hanson and Jennifer L. Douglas of 
Hanson, married by Robert L. Campbell, Minister. 

August 29, in Cohasset, Andrew P. Rosenau of Scituate and Debra L. MacSorley 
of Scituate, married by Michael Martin, Justice of the Peace. 



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September 11, in Cohasset, Christopher E. Bowen of Cohasset and Suzanne E. 
Reddie of Cohasset, married by Branson Roberts, Minister. 

September 11, in Allston, Francis M. Burgess of Cohasset and Juhe A. Brooke of 
Hingham, married by Daniel R Hegarty, Priest. 

September 11, in Scituate, Richard M. Wainwright of Palm Coast, PL and Judith 
S. Mantz of Scituate, married by Patrician V.M. Tummino, Minister. 

September 18, in Scituate, Raymond F. Murray of Norwell and Catherine M. 
O'Connor of Norwell, married by Laura Delaplain, Member of the Clergy. 

September 25, in Cohasset, John J. Bellefontaine of Cohasset and AHce M. Libby 
of WoUaston, married by Gary A. Ritts, Minister. 

September 25, in Cohasset, Charles H. Sturdy of Cohasset and Anastasia F. 
Pierce of Cohasset, married by Richard D. Muir, Priest. 

September 25, in Scituate, Francis J. Sweeney of Scituate and Anne R. Hobbs of 
Scituate, married by Eugene P. McNamara, Priest. 

October 2, in Cohasset, Christopher deMurias of Cohasset and Jean M. Albanese 
of Cohasset, married by E. Clifford Cutler, Priest. 

October 16, in Duxbury, Christopher Y. Shepler of Cohasset and Katherine T. 
Hill of Duxbury, married by Michael J. Marrone, Clergyman. 

October 16 in Cohasset, James C. Bridges of Northborough and Amy B. 
O'Rourke of Northborough, married by Fred J. Murray, Priest. 

October 23 in Cohasset, Joshua S. Whitman of Weymouth and Lisa M. Anderson 
of Weymouth, married by John R. Mulvehill, Priest. 

October 24 in Cohasset, Nathan M. Macione of Cohasset and Laura Caldarola of 
Cohasset, married by E. Clifford Cutler, Priest. 

November 6 in Cohasset, Michael L. Julian of Cohasset and Stacie Park of 
Cohasset, married by Rev. Richard Bourgois, Priest. 

November 12 in Cohasset, James Ahlstedt of Cohasset and Claudette Bibro of 
Cohasset, married by John R. Mulvehille, Priest. 

November 13 in Quincy, John Chang of Cohasset and Ji Kim of Cohaset, mar- 
ried by Junmo Kang, Minister. 



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DEATHS FOR THE YEAR 1999 



DATE 


NAME. 


AGE 


JANUARY 






8 


John M. Crawfordjr. 


74 


8 


Marjorie Q. Howe 


90 


16 


Guido N. Oddi 


79 


25 


Pamela N. Steams 


91 


28 


Elizabeth D. Pompeo 


80 


FEBRUARY 






2 


Fay R. Allan 


84 


3 


Elsa M. Sencabaugh 


81 


4 


Rosalie Reed 


93 


5 


Winston Burgess 


81 


6 


LydiaE.Hill 


72 


6 


George W. Sorgman 


83 


10 


Nancy E. Knight 


66 


13 


Theresa M. Perroncello 


71 


15 


Walter F. Johnson 


86 


20 


Thomas G. Keating 


79 


21 


Philip G. Cook 


91 


24 


Michelle J. King 


31 


28 


Anna Cornelia L. O'Malley 


92 


MARCH 

2 


David L. Burke 


74 


2 


Peter E. Grundy 


65 


5 


Dora E. Stranberg 


83 


6 


Raymond G. Buckley 


74 


7 


Constance S. Jones 


73 


8 


ArleneA. DeWaal 


70 


12 


Thomas J. Lucas 


69 


18 


Donald T. White 


M 


18 


Gregory Yacobian 


87 


22 


Marion E. Bailey 


82 


22 


Mabel S. McWiUiam 


88 


24 


Marjorie 0. Doody 


82 


APRH. 






2 


Dorothea M. Healy 


85 


6 


Patricia A. Morton 


65 


11 


Robert F. Redgate, Sr. 


69 



108 



MAY 



11 
13 
17 
30 



1 

9 

9 

15 



JUNE 



JULY 



6 

7 
16 
20 

22 
24 

9 
21 

22 



AUGUST 

5 

5 
11 
16 
22 
29 

SEPTEMBER 

14 
18 
21 
27 
29 

OCTOBER 

1 

3 

16 
21 
23 
30 
31 



Agatha E. Robitcheau 


86 


Christopher P. Ray 


74 


Russell R. Luker, Jr. 


46 


Dorothea C. Bjorkgren 


87 


Edith Damon 


80 


Florence L. Courtney 


81 


Mary E. Grassie 


80 


Domenic S. Martino 


75 


Kenneth E. Young 


89 


Thalia F. Papageorge 


68 


Leonard Barnes 


83 


Joseph E. Kelleher 


90 


Mary R. Powers 


82 


Dennis E. Mulligan 


59 


Lester A. Bumpus 


89 


Elizabeth G. Bond 


72 


Dorothy H. Clark 


91 


Marion A. Gibbons 


73 


John R. Roy 


82 


Carl S. Sestito 


90 


Lucie M. Leonard 


82 


Lorraine M. Jones 


74 


Christina C. Robertson 


97 


Esther H. Cohen 


77 


Ellen Gair 


80 


Robert A. Leonard, Sr. 


83 


Elizabeth Haidaichuk 


51 


George W. Brooke 


77 


Henry Domiitzer 


90 


Norman W. Brown 


77 


Edward F. Fisher 


88 


Mary E. Chamberlain 


89 


John W. Nash, Jr. 


64 


Roberta F. Brown 


86 


Francis K. Shooshan 


77 



109 



NOVEMBER 

12 

27 

DECEMBER 

5 

7 
15 
20 
28 
30 
31 



Ann E. Leonard 


85 


Charles E. Butan, Jr. 


74 


Joseph M. Gilroy 


87 


Lisa E. White 


90 


William W. Nason, Jr. 


82 


James M. Corcoran 


48 


Shirley A. Laidlaw 


85 


John P. Buckley, Jr. 


71 


Henry E. Brennock, Sr. 


78 



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ELECTION OFFICERS FOR 1999 

The following persons were appointed Election Workers for the year 1999 by 
the Board of Selectmen. 



REPUBLICANS 



DEMOCRATS 



Janet R. Fogarty 
Margaret H. Stoughton 
Grace R. Tuckerman 
Margaret M. Bates 
Ruth F. Pratt 
R. Murray Campbell 
Katherine M. Lincoln 
Janet M. MacLure 
John H. Mullett 
Margaret M. O'Donnell 
Avis M. Sweeney 
Margaret C. Chapin 



Janice M. Rosano 
Jean M. Salvador 
Linda M. Nash 
Susan Kent 
Lisa Hewitt-Dick 
Frances O' Toole 
Ronald Goodwin 
Deborah B. Protulis 
Barbara B. Valovic 
Anthony J. Finegan 
Patricia A. Laugelle 



PROSPECTIVE lUROR LIST 



Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 234A. Section 15, the 
Prospective Juror List is available in the Town Clerk's office with the names of those res- 
idents who may be summoned for juror service. 

This information is available for pubhc inspection during normal office hours. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Marion L. Douglas 
Town Clerk 



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TOWN COUNSEL 



This year was a very active and successful year for the Law Department: 

L Advice & Legal Document s. Numerous advisory opinions were ren- 

dered throughout the year to various Town officials and Boards relating to a wide variety 
of issues and subjects. Frequent and ongoing attention was given to reviewing and/or 
drafting Bylaws, numerous contract documents and agreements, easements, procurement 
documents, public road documents. Warrants for Town meetings (both special and annu- 
al town meetings), compliance with State Ethics Act, draft legislation for presentation to 
the General Court, various Town rules and regulations, and other legal documents. 

2. Administrative Agency Proceedings . The Town was defended in an 
number of administrative agency proceedings pending in state agencies, including issues 
before the Appellate Tax Board, Department of Environmental Protection, the 
Superintendent of Public Records, and Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. 

3. Projects. We assisted in the implementation and interpretation of the 
Town Manager Act (c. 32 of the Acts of 1997), disposition of Independence Building, 
Cedar Street Conservation Restriction, James Brook drainage issues, various private road 
issues. North Cohasset Sewer project (including easement/real estate issues, betterments 
and various other documents). Central Cohasset Sewer Project, dredging project for 
Cohasset Harbor, licensing issues, assistance on questions relating to the MBTA 
Greenbush line, Cohasset Heights Landfill issues, and assistance for the Water 
Commission's proposed new Water Tank construction. 

4. Litigation . As of December 31,1 999, the number of claims and lawsuits 
in which the Town is a party total 31 as follows: 

2 Matters involving the Board of Selectmen: 

Commonwealth of Massachusetts v. Town of Cohasset. 

Suffolk Sup Ct, No. 38652 

Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Town of Cohasset . 

Land Court Misc. Case No. 212919. 



Matters involving the Conservation Commission 

Cohasset Heights. Ltd. v. Cohasset Conservation Commission. 
Norfolk Sup Ct, C. A. 96- 1 886. 

Cohasset Heights. Ltd.v. Cohasset Conservation Commission. 
(Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection ("DEP"), 
File No. 13-399. 



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Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Cohasset Conservation Commission. 
Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. No. 97-0747 

Bruce Hersfelder v. Cohasset Conservation Commission. 
Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 98-2131. 

Murphy v. Cohasset Conservation Commission . 
Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 99-0867 



Litigations involving the Board of Assessors: 
(Names withheld) 



- 7 Matters involving the Zoning Board of Appeals: 

Emanuello v. Board of Appeals . Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 99-905 

Cohasset Harbor Marina v. Board of Appeals and Kulkuskie. 

Land Court 259744 

Notarangelo v. Board of Appeals. Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 97-1392 

Chief Justice Cushing Highway Corporation v. Board of Appeals. 

Massachusetts Land Ct. No. 243862 

Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Board of Appeals, Mass Land Ct. No 247321 

Lualdi V. Board of Appeals. Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 98-1017 

Cohasset Harbor Marina v. Board of Appeals and Hurley. 

Land Ct. No. 259078 



1 Matter involving the Planning Board: 

Brewer v. Planning Board. Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 98-1920 

1 Matter involving the Board of Health: 

Cohasset Heights Ltd. v. Board of Health of the Town of Cohasset. 
Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. No. 96-1164. 

1 Matter involving the School Committee 

Goff V. Town of Cohasset. 

Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 99-1174 (insurance counsel) 



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Matter involving the Department of Public Works 

Claiborne v. Town of Cohasset . 

Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 99-01105 (insurance counsel) 



Matter involving the Harbormaster 

Cohasset Harbor Marina v. Harbormaster and Town of Cohasset. 
Norfolk Sup. Ct. C.A. 99-1575 



Claims pending: 



Crabette v. Town of Cohasset 

(Department of Public Works) 

Krueger v. Town of Cohasset (Parks & Recreation Commission). 

Stilphen v. Town of Cohasset (Sewer Commission) 

Stover V. Town of Cohasset (Public Schools) 

Staszko V. Town of Cohasset (Police Department) 

Metropolitan Property & Casualty Ins. Co. v. Town of Cohasset 

(Public Schools) 

Respectfully submitted, 

Paul R. DeRensis 
Town Counsel 



114 



FINANCIAL REPORTS 



TOWN ACCOUNTANT 



Submitted herewith is my amiual report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1 999. 
This report includes the following: 

GENERAL FUND 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 

4. State and County Assessments 

5. Statement of Revenues, Budget vs. Actual 
SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS 

1 . Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance, 
Town Special Revenue Funds 

3. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance, 
School Special Revenue Funds 

SEWER FUND 

1. Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 
WATER FUND 

1 . Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Retained Earnings 

3. Report of Appropriations and Expenditures 
CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND 

1 . Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, Expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 
TRUST FUNDS 

1 . Balance Sheet (Combined) 

2. Statement of Revenues, expenditures and Changes in Fund Balance 
LONG TERM DEBT GROUP OF ACCOUNTS 

1 . Statement of Long Term Debt 

2. Statement of Debt Authorized and Unissued 
OTHER REPORTS 

1. Reconciliation of Cash Accounts 

2. Free Cash Calculation 

3. Schedule of Reserve Fund Transfers 



Respectfully submitted, 

J. Michael Buckley 
Town Accountant 



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GENERAL FUND 
FISCAL YEAR 1999 

Revenue: 

Property Taxes 14,006,560 

State Aid 1,596,262 

Excise Taxes 873 , 07 1 

Other Local Receipts 1 ,045, 1 83 



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Total Revenue 1 7,521 ,076 

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Expenditures: 






General Government 


1,375,560 




Public Safety 


2,678,718 




Schools 


8,575,595 




Public Works 


1,161,799 




Public Health 


132,071 




Human Services 


146,479 




Culture & Recreation 


402,738 




Debt Service 


1,297,223 




Employee Benefits & Insurance 


1,747,415 




State and County Assessments 


585,097 




Total Expenditures 




18.102.695 


Encumbrances: 






Encumbrances 


200.489 




Continued Appropriations 


431,568 




Reserve For Expenditure-Prior Year 


(454,106) 




Encumbrances-Prior Year 


(610,189) 




Total Encumbrances 




(432.239) 


Other Financing Sources(Uses) 






Operating Transfers In 


250,086 




Operating Transfers Out 


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State Over Assessments 


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Snow Deficit Adjustment (net) 


43,561 




Miscellaneous Adjustments 


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Total Financing Sources(Uses) 63,416 

Excess of Revenues Over Expenditures (85.964) 

Unreserved Fund Balance July 1, 1998 1.097,161 



Unreserved Fund Balance June 30, 1999 $1,011,197 



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FISCAL YEAR 1999 



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Retired Teachers Health Insurance 

Mosquito Control Project 

Air Pollution Control 

Metro Area Planning Council 

Mass Bay Transit Authority 

Charter Schools 

Totals 



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Charges 


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$70,198 


1,193 


1,193 





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249,237 


249,237 


18,197 


18,109 


2,466 


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BUDGET 


ACTUAL 


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TAX LEVY 










Real Estate 


13,934,156 


13,744,601 


(189,556) 


98.6% 


Personal Property 


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156,048 


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98.3% 


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104,748 


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1,163 


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14,006,560 


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99.4% 


STATE AID 


921,759 


921,759 


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School Chapter 70 


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Additional Assistance 


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209,013 





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School Transportation 


56,959 


66,745 


9,786 


117.2% 


Highway Fund 


34,765 


34,765 





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Lottery 


346,166 


346,166 


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100.0% 


Veterans' Exemptions 


10,829 


10,782 


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99.6% 


Elderly Exemptions 


7,530 


6,024 


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State Owned Land 


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792 





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216 


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Total State Aid 


1,594,631 


1,596,262 


1,631 


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Motor Vehicle Excise 


750,286 


866,173 


115,887 


Boat Excise 


7,000 


6,898 


(102) 


Penalty & Interest on Taxes 








Property Taxes 


28,000 


29,790 


1,790 


Liens 


26,000 


21,492 


(4,508) 


Excise 


6,000 


4,905 


(1,095) 


R.T.F. Stickers 


90,000 


142,694 


52,694 


Fees 








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1,033 


533 


Ambulance 


95,000 


132,260 


37,260 


Fire Department Other 


5,000 


4,682 


(318) 


Town Clerk 


10,000 


11,645 


1,645 



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Planning Board 

Conservation Commissio 

Police Dept 

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Dog Officer 

Cohasset Heights 

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Public Works 

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Library Fees 
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Investment Income 
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11,188 


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37,280 


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216,492 


16,492 


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Sewer Fund 
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For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1999 



Revenue:* 

User Charges 
Sewer Liens 
Miscellaneous 
State Rate Relief 

Total Revenue 

Expenditures 
Encumbrances 
Transfer to General Fund 

Total Expenditures & Encumbrances 

Excess of Revenue Over Expenditures 

Undesignated Fund Balance July 1, 1998 

Add: Prior year Encumbrances closed 
Transfers from General Fund 

Operating Deficit 

Add: General Fund Subsidy 

Undesignated Fund Balance June 30, 1999 

*Cash Basis 



103,864 

3,783 

1,545 

15,285 






124,477 


189,676 

23.313 








(212,989) 


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(88,512) 









33,701 





(54.811) 




54.811 








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138 



Water Fund 
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in Retained Earnings 
For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 1999 



Revenue:* 

User Charges 
Water Liens 
Water Fees 
Penalties & Interest 
State Reimbursements 
Hydrants Charges 

Total Revenue 

Expenditures 
Encumbrances 

Total Expenditures & Encumbrances 

Excess of Revenue Over Expenditures 

Retained Earnings July 1, 1998 

Add: Prior year Encumbrances Closed 

Retained Earnings June 30, 1999 



1,432,646 

52,791 

49,315 

16,492 



106,224 



1,677,191 
269.777 



1,657,468 



(1,946,968) 

(289,500) 

251,294 

137,479 

99,273 



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140 



CAPITAL PROJECTS FUND 
STATEMENT OF REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES 
FISCAL YEAR 1999 





Balance 


Bonds 


Temporary 


Temporary 


Temporary 




Forward 


Payable 


Bon-owing 


Borrowing 


Borrowing 


Design of New Cemetery 


13.922 


25.000 


25,000 


(50.000) 


(25.000) 


Downtown Flooding Study 


29.501 




148,750 


(70.000) 


78,750 


Downtown Flooding Study 







146,250 




146,250 


Harbor Dredging 


72.945 


75.000 


75,000 


(150.000) 


(75,000) 


Haggerty Property Acquisition 


2,342 











Landfill Capping 


10,000 











Landfill Capping 


55,740 











Mooring Removal 







100,000 




100,000 


Public Works Garage 





290,000 


290.000 


(580,000) 


(290.000) 


New Library Plans 







152.500 




152,500 


School Technology 


55.372 


100,000 


100.000 


(200.000) 


(100,000) 


School Technology 







200.000 




200.000 


School Technology 














School Remodeling 







250.000 




250.000 


New Elementary School 


1,927,317 


10.140,000 


10.384.500 


(20.280.000) 


(9.895.500) 


Sewer Inflow & Infiltration Repairs 


12.306 











Newtonville Sewerage 














Straits Pond Sewerage 


159,372 


325,000 


5.436.000 


(1.768.500) 


3.667.500 


Sewer Inflow & Infiltration Repairs 














Downtown Sewer Construction 


80,079 




2,109,011 


(400,000) 


1.709.011 


Water Distribution System Repair 


227,108 


900.000 


2,030,500 


(1,200.000) 


830.500 


Fund Totals 


$2,646,004 


$11,855,000 


$21,447,511 


($24,698,500) 

====== : 


($3,250,989) 



Transfers/ Fund 

Revenue Expenditure Balance 






13.922 


58.444 


49,807 


58.425 


87.825 


35.688 


37 257 


421 


1.921 





10.000 


600 


55.140 


50.350 


49550 







21.550 


130.950 


55.372 





5293 


194,707 









250,000 


1.832.893 


338.923 


12.305 





9.199 


(9.199) 


3.595.703 


556.169 


40,564 


(40.564) 


995.155 


793.935 


283,411 


1.674.197 



SO S7. 055. 373 $4,194,642 



141 



TRUST FUNDS 
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE 
nSCAL YEAR 1999 











Expenses & 




Balance 


Donations & 


Investment 


Transfers to 




July 1. 1998 


Receipts 


Income 


eneral Fun 


PARKS AND PLAYGROUNDS 










Billings Park Fund 


1.214 




73 




Billings Common Fund 


1.070 




64 




H.W. Wadleigh Park Fund 


6.232 




376 




Wheelwright Park Fund 


17,044 




354 




Edith M. Bates Fund 


6,915 




405 




CEMETERIES 










Perpetual Care-Woodside Cemetery 


128,830 


11,550 


8.375 


8,367 


Perpetual Care-Beechwood Cemetery 


8,368 




490 




Beechwood Cemetery Association 


3.907 




229 




Estate of Harry E. Wilbur 


6.699 




400 




Chariotte Lincoln Bell Memorial Fund 


29,526 




1.730 




Isadora B. Newey Fund 


23,699 




1,389 




Cedar Street Cemetery 


3.800 




223 




SCHOOLS 










Ripley Fund 


5,672 




549 




James W. Nichols Scholarship Fund 


2.952 




169 


500 


Major William Arthur Scholarship Fund 


7.805 




428 




Alice and Walter Shuebmk Scholarship Fund 


12.918 


100,000 


1,758 


1,000 


William Ripley Jr., Athletic Fund 


14.127 




835 




John F. Creamer Scholarship Fund 


970 




71 




Margaret M. Hardy Scholarship Fund 


228,985 




13,353 


9,000 


Helen & Malcom Stevens Scholarship Fund 


170.188 




9.924 


4.500 


Noel Ripley Scholarship 


21.997 




1.259 




Bourke Corcoran Scholarship 





17.304 


172 




OTHER 










Stabilization Fund 


356.637 


10,000 


22,246 




Carbone Lane 


19.647 






19.647 


Conservation Fund 


1 1 .872 


5,000 


718 




Beechwood Improvement Association 


6.150 




343 




Beechwood Ball Park Fund 


273 




16 




Retirement Fund 


768.490 





41.748 





Town Pump Maintenance 


1.637 




146 




Reed Comer Tnjst Fund 


136 




6 


18 


Arts Lottery Fund 


10,150 


3,300 


264 


2.950 



Reserved 

For FYOO Balance 

Expenditure June 30. 199 



60.000 



PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LIBRARY 
Vanguard Star Fund 

TRUST FUND TOTALS 



388,883 



17.590 

6.493 

28S 

750.236 

1,783 

124 

10.764 



766.988 


3.077 


(25.674) 


21.931 





722.46C 


2.644.897 


150.231 

========= = 


82.439 


67.913 


60.000 


2.749.653 



142 



ANNUAL DEBT REPORT 



Project 



Amount 
of Issue 



Date of 
Issue 



Interest 
Term Rate 



FY99 FY99 06/30/99 

Principal Interest Outstanding Pay-off 
Payment Payment Balance Date 



Lew Obligations Issued 



m Hall Project (Rati) 

nsfer Station (Refi) * 

ice/Fire Renovations (Refi) 

eph Osgood Projects * 

} Pumper 

jool Boilers - Osgood 

gerty Property 

i\ Tanks & Renovations 

lool Buses 

letic Fields Supplement 

letic Fields * 

ver Engineering 

)lic Wori<s Garage * 

ver Engineering 

aits Pond * 

iver I & I 

idfill Capping 

aits Pond Sewer MWPAT 96 

aits Pond Sewer MWPAT 96 

Amtown Sewer MWPAT 97-3 

^tovym Sewer MWPAT 98-4 

wntown Sewer MWPAT 98-5 



1.060,000 


06/01/89 


13yrs. 


4.00 


63,750 


17,181 


204,000 


06/01/02 


550.000 


06/01/89 


13yrs. 


4.00 


36.250 


9,769 


116,000 


06/01/02 


395,000 


11/01/90 


lOyrs. 


4.00 


39.000 


6,650 


89,700 


11/01/00 


115.000 


11/01/90 


9yrs. 


7.17 


12.800 


1,286 


14.700 


11/01/99 


208.000 


03/01/94 


1 yrs. 


5.30 


20,000 


6.300 


100,000 


03/01/04 


85,000 


03/01/94 


9yrs. 


5.30 


10,000 


2.345 


35.000 


03/01/03 


456.000 


02/15/96 


16 yrs. 


4.00-5.05 


27.000 


18.073 


375,000 


02/15/12 


299,415 


02/15/96 


10 yrs. 


4.00-4.95 


32.600 


9.802 


201.615 


02/15/06 


66.000 


02/15/96 


4 yrs. 


4.25-4.95 


16.500 


1.403 


16,500 


02/15/00 


99.700 


02/15/96 


15 yrs 


4.00-4.95 


6.700 


3,810 


79,600 


02/15/11 


775.000 


02/15/96 


15 yrs 


4.00-4.95 


55,400 


29,056 


608.800 


02/15/11 


196,885 


02/15/96 


4 yrs. 


4.25-4.95 


49,800 


4,135 


47,485 


02/15/00 


752.000 


02/15/96 


16 yrs. 


4.00-5.05 


42,000 


30,123 


626,000 


02/15/12 


120,000 


08/15/96 


4 yrs. 


6.10 


30,000 


4,575 


60,000 


8/15/00 


365.000 


08/15/96 


20 yrs. 


4.65-6.10 


13.650 


18,032 


338.600 


8/15/16 


70,000 


08/15/96 


20 yrs. 


4.65-6.10 


2.600 


3.435 


63,900 


8/15/16 


1.315.000 


08/15/96 


20 yrs. 


4.65-6.10 


54,200 


65,771 


1,206,600 


8/15/16 


1,930,900 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 


4.0-5.15 








1.930.900 


08/01/18 


1 ,660,400 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 


4.0-5.15 








1.660.400 


08/01/18 


840.500 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 


4.0-5.15 








840.500 


08/01/18 


187,400 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 


4.0-5.15 








187,400 


08/01/18 


261,700 


12/09/98 


20 yrs. 


4.0-5.15 








261.700 


08/01/18 



143 





' 


ANNUAL DEBT REPORT 










- 










FY99 


FY99 


06/30/99 




Project 


Amount 


Date of 




Interest 


Principal 


Interest 


Outstanding 


Pay. 




of Issue 


Issue 


Term 


Rate 


Payment 


Payment 


Balance 


Dat 


New Elementary School * 


9.890,000 


10/15/98 


19yrs. 


3.90-5.75 








9.890.000 


01/1S 


New Elementary School Supple 


250.000 


10/15/98 


19yrs. 


3.90-5.75 








250.000 


oi/ia 


Straits Pond * 


325.000 


10/15/98 


15yrs. 


3.90-5.75 








325.000 


01/15 


Public Works Garage Water Ma 


60.000 


10/15/98 


lOyrs. 


3.90-5.75 








60.000 


01/15 


Public Works Garage Supplem 


230.000 


10/15/98 


18yrs. 


3.90-5.75 








230.000 


01/15 


Cemetery Design 


25.000 


10/15/98 


4 yrs. 


3.90-5.75 








25.000 


oi/ia 


Harbor Dredging 


75,000 


10/15/98 


12yrs. 


3.90-5.75 








75.000 


01/15 


School Technology 


100.000 


10/15/98 


9 yrs. 


3.90-5.75 








100,000 


01/15 


TOTALS - TAX LEVY FUNDED 


512.250 


231,743 


20,019,400 


* Excluded from limits of Proposition 2 1/2 
















Water Revenue Obligations Issued 
















Water Treatment Plant 


2.500.000 


01/01/78 


34 yrs. 


5.00 


73.000 


51.100 


949.000 


01/01 


Land Acquisition (Refi) 


1.900,000 


11/01/90 


15 yrs. 


4.00 


108.200 


71.600 


1,035.600 


11/01 


Water Main Project 1 & II 


195.000 


08/15/96 


8 yrs. 


4.65-6.10 


30,000 


8,660 


145.000 


8/15/ 


System Repairs 1995-6 


2.450.000 


08/15/96 


20 yrs. 


4.65-6.10 


119.550 


121.226 


2.200.900 


msi 


Distribution System 


900.000 


10/15/98 


19 yrs. 


3.90-5.75 








900,000 


oi/ia 


ALS - WATER REVENUE FUNDED 








330,750 


252,586 


5.230,500 





GRAND TOTAL 



843.000 484,329 25.249,900 



144 



ANNUAL DEBT REPORT 



AMOUNTS AUTHORIZED AND UNISSUED 



Project 

School Repair Plans 
Osgood School Completion 
Sewer Construction - Downtow 
Wastewater Management Plan 
New Library Plans 
James Brook Flood Control 
Sewer Construction-Straits Pon 
Lily Pond Sewer Study 
School Technology 
Water Tank 
Newtonville Sewerage 
Mooring Removal & Reinstallati 
James Brook Flood Control 
Sewer Construction - Downtow 
Sewer Construction-Straits Pon 
Water System Improvements 
Sewer Construction-Straits Pon 
Sewer Construction-Downtown 

Total 



Auth. 


Auth. 


Date 


Amouni 


03/27/99 


250,000 


03/27/99 


244,500 


03/27/99 


1,300,000 


03/27/99 


200,000 


10/26/98 


152,500 


10/26/98 


146,250 


10/26/98 


2,700,000 


10/26/98 


60,000 


10/26/98 


200,000 


03/28/98 


200,000 


03/28/98 


130,000 


03/28/98 


100.000 


10/27/97 


113,750 


03/29/97 


12,207.200 


03/29/97 


540,000 


03/29/97 


1,230,500 


04/01/96 


1,828,000 


03/30/96 


190,000 




21.792.700 



**lssued 12/01/99 
**Partial Issue 10/06/99 



145 



RECONCILIATION OF TOWN CASH ACCOUNTS 
JUNE 30, 1999 



Fund 



Balance 



General Fund 1,584,3 87 

School Lunch Fund 

Highway Fund 1,25 6 

School Special Revenue Fund 73,024 

Town Special Revenue Fund 317,4 82 

Sewer Fund 23,354 

Capital Projects Fund 2,688,710 

Water Fund 326,311 

Water Capital Projects Fund 1,674,197 

Trust Funds 2,853,432 

Agency Fund 19,829 

ACCOUNTANT TOTAL $9,561,982 



Account 



Balance 



Bank of Boston 
Boston Safe Deposit 
Citizens Bank 
Fleet Bank 

Mass Municipal Depository 
Rockland Trust Company 
State Street Bank & Trust 
Certificates of Deposits 
Cash on Hand 

Total General Cash 

Add: Trust Funds 

Treasurer Total 



936,903 

39,101 

8,647 

126,790 

1,689,227 

449,062 

458,671 

3,000,000 

150 

$6,708,550 

2,853,432 



146 



FREE CASH CALCULATION 
JUNE 30, 1999 

Unexpended Balance Fiscal 1998: * 

Increase in Uncollected Property Taxes: (21 ,652) 

Surplus Local Receipts: 

Motor Vehicle Excise 1 1 5,887 

R.T.F. Stickers 52,694 

Ambulance 37,260 

Building Permits 80,743 

Fines & Forfeits 19,828 

Investment income 16,492 

Cohasset Heights Tipping Fees (64,291) 

Other Local Receipts 47,255 305,868 

Returned Appropriations 261 ,21 8 

Department of Revenue Adjustments 5,293 

June 30, 1999 Free Cash Certification 550,727 



147 



SCHEDULE OF RESERVE FUND TRANSFERS 
FISCAL YEAR 1999 



DEPARTMENT 



Original Appropriation 



BUDGET LINE 



DATE 



AMOUNT 



$130,000.00 



Town Meeting Transfers: 



Clerical Contract 


Various 


10/26/98 


17,500.00 


Library Contract 


Various 


10/26/98 


8,000.00 


Advisory Committee Transfers: 






Elections 


Voting Machine Expense 


07/14/98 


12,000.00 


Treasurer/Collector 


Contracted Services 


07/14/98 


1,400.00 


Fire Department 


Hydrants 


09/16/98 


2,400.00 


Treasurer/Collector 


Contracted Services 


09/16/98 


8,400.00 


Police 


Radio Maintenance 


09/23/98 


4,200.00 


Police 


Public Safety Supplies 


12/02/98 


2,053.98 


Town Manager 


Osgood School 


12/02/98 


5,000.00 


Elections 


Temporary Employees 


12/02/98 


1,600.00 


Elections 


Voting Machine Expense 


12/02/98 


1,400.00 


Public Works 


Radio Maintenance 


12/16/98 


3,200.00 


Board of Assessors 


Longevity 


02/17/99 


200.00 


Town Hall 


Contracted Services 


03/10/99 


1,987.00 


Fire Department 


Vehicle Maintenance 


03/29/99 


2,000.00 


Town Clerk - Elections 


Temporary Employees 


04/26/99 


' 2,800.00 


Town Clerk - Elections 


Voting Machine Expense 


04/26/99 


1,550.00 


Town Reports 


Printing 


04/26/99 


1,200.00 


Town Reports 


Postage 


04/26/99 


800.00 


Selectmen 


Chair Rental 


04/26/99 


500.00 


Town Reports 


Printing 


05/03/99 


1,300.00 


Town Accountant - 


Computer Mamtenance 


05/17/99 


300.00 


Selectmen 


Advertising 


05/17/99 


605.50 


Fire 


Electricity 


05/17/99 


- 1,300.00 


Fire 


Emergency Medical Service 


05/17/99 


3,400.00 


Town Reports 


Printing 


06/30/99 


3,396.00 


Town Accountant 


Computer Maintenance 


06/30/99 


800.00 


Gas & Plumbing 


Inspector 


06/30/99 


1,200.00 


Medicare Tax 


Expenses 


06/30/99 


5,400.00 


Assessors 


Database Conversion 


06/30/99 


1,350.00 


Assessors 


Payroll 


06/30/99 


191.00 


Assessors 


Expenses (Bond) 


06/30/99 


1,140.00 


Dispatch 


Full Time Salaries 


06/30/99 


2,500.00 


Harbormaster 


Outboard 


06/30/99 


2,605.00 


Treasurer 


Tax Title 


06/30/99 


3,731.07 


Treasurer 


Banking 


06/30/99 


4,689.71 


Legal 


Expenses 


06/30/99 


13,324.94 



Balance Returned to General Fund 



4,575.80 



148 



BOARD OF ASSESSORS 



The Property Tax Levy is the revenue a community can raise through real and personal 
property taxes. The property tax levy is the largest source of revenue for the town. For 
the Town of Cohasset this represents approximately 70% of the total dollars required to 
fund the town budget. The total levy for fiscal year 1999 was $21,462,161.40. The 
total full and fair cash value of all taxable property in a community usually changes 
each year as properties are added or removed from the tax roles and market values 
increase or decrease. It is extremely important that fair and equitable assessments of all 
properties be maintained to ensure equal distribution of the property tax base. 

For fiscal year 1999 the Assessors' conducted a triennial revaluation and adjusted prop- 
erty values to keep pace with an appreciating real estate market. According to the 
Department of Revenue (DOR) guidelines, property values should fall within a range of 
10% plus or minus of 100%. Arm's length sales were classified and analyzed and mar- 
ket trends were identified. The new parameters were applied consistently to all proper- 
ties. 

By far the most influencing force in the real estate market in Cohasset is land value, 
which is basically a measure of desirability of the community as a place to live. Land 
value is directly related to supply and demand and fluctuates with the health of the real 
estate market. Currently, the town's total land value is comprised of 48% of the total 
valuation. 

The annual Town Meeting for fiscal year 1999 adopted Section 4 of Chapter 73 of the 
acts of 1986 to grant an additional real estate tax exemption of not more than fifty 
(50%) percent under clauses 17, 17cl/2, 17D, 22, 22A, 22B, 22C, 22D, 22E, 37, 37 A, 
41, 41B, 41C, 42 & 43 of section 5 of Chapter 59 of the Massachusetts General Laws. 
Adopting this section has enabled the Assessors to increase all exemptions by fifty per- 
cent. 

The Board would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the Deputy 
Assessor/Appraiser Cheryl A. Pooler for her dedication and professionalism along with 
the hard working office staff consisting of Janice M. Rosano and Debra J. Krupczak. 

Finally, the Assessors bade farewell to long time member James W. Lagrotteria and wel- 
come new member Will Smith. We wish Jim well in his new endeavors and thank him 
for his many years of service to the board. 



149 



The following is the 1999 Tax Recapitulation as submitted to the Department of Revenue: 

FY 99 -Tax Rate $14.94 

I 

Type of Property Levy % Value by Class Levy by Class Tax Rate 

Residential 92.3258 $870,329,200 $13,011,421.54 14.95 

Commercial 6.0217 56,764,900 848,635.26 14.95 

Industrial .5258 4,956,500 74,099.68 14.95 

Personal Property 1.1267 10.621.400 158.789.93 14.95 

Totals 100.0000 $942,672,000 $14,092,946.40 

n Amount To Be Raised 

a. Appropriations of Tov^^n Meeting $20,584,046.00 

b. Other amounts to be raised 

Total Cherry Sheet offsets 156,922.00 

c. State & Cherry Sheet Charges 513,587.00 

d. Allowance for abatements & exemptions 207.606.40 

e. Total Amount To Be Raised $21,462,161.40 

in Estimated Receipts & other Revenue Sources 

a. Estimated Receipts - State $ 1 ,75 1 ,602.00 

b. Estimated Receipts - Local 3,392,276.00 

c. Revenue sources appropriated for particular purpose 2.225.337.00 
e. Total estimated Receipts & other sources $7,369,215.00 

rv Summary of total amount to be raised & total receipts from all sources 

a. Total amount to be raised $2 1 ,462, 1 6 1 .40 

b. Less estimated estimated receipts and 

other revenue sources 7.369.215.00 

c. Fiscal Year 1999 Property Tax Levy $14,092,946.40 



Respectfully submitted, 

Elsa Miller, Chairman 
Michael C. Patrolia 
William B. Smith 



150 



REPORT OF THE COLLECTOR 

July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1998 

TOTAL COMMITMENT OR WARRANTS FROM THE BOARD OF ASSES- 
SORS 

1999 Motor Vehicle Excise Commitments 816,535.91 

1998 Motor Vehicle Excise Commitments 126,072.88 

Boat Excise Commitment 16,849.00 

Personal Property Conmiitment 158,790.38 

Real Estate Commitment including Liens 14,01 1 ,768.85 

Total Commitment of Warrants from the Fire Department 152,753.06 

Total Conmiitment of Warrants from the Harbor Master 30,720.00 

Total Conmiitment of Warrants from the Water Department 1,532,232.22 

Total Commitment of Warrants from the Sewer Department 121,266.40 



TOTAL ABATEMENT CERTH^ICATES FROM THE BOARD OF ASSESSORS 

Levy of 1996 

Motor Vehicle 39.58 

Levy of 1997 

Boat Excise 15.00 

Motor Vehicle 1,067.61 

Levy of 1998 

Boat Excise 743.00 

Motor Vehicle 8,890.62 

Real Estate 5,001.12 

Levy of 1999 

Boat Excise 543.95 

Motor Vehicle 8,350.40 

Real Estate 110,055.97 

Personal Property 2 1 8 .27 

Departmental Abatements 

Ambulance - all years 

Mooring - all years 1.050.00 

Total Abatements Granted During Fiscal Year 1999 135,975.52 



TOTAL ABATEMENTS FROM THE WATER AND SEWER DEPARTMENTS 

Water 5,179.20 

Sewer 



151 



UNPAID TAXES AND CHARGES - June 30, 1999 




1993 Motor Vehicle Excise 


7,892 


1994 Motor Vehicle Excise 


4,091 


1995 Motor Vehicle Excise 


3,748 


1996 Motor Vehicle Excise 


6,740 


1997 Motor Vehicle Excise 


6,655 


1998 Motor Vehicle Excise 


17,364 


1999 Motor Vehicle Excise 


116,049 


1993 Boat Excise 


191 


1994 Boat Excise 


258 


1995 Boat Excise 


537 


1996 Boat Excise 


961 


1997 Boat Excise 


574 


1998 Boat Excise 


1,191 


1999 Boat Excise 


4,059 


1990 Personal Property 


1,531 


1991 Personal Property 


975 


1992 Personal Property 


1,131 


1993 Personal Property 


1,683 


1994 Personal Property 


1,765 


1995 Personal Property 


1,968 


1996 Personal Property 


2,117 


1997 Personal Property 


2,503 


1998 Personal Property 


2,964 


1999 Personal Property 


3,680 


1998 Real Estate 


5,466 


1999 Real Estate 


265,748 


DEPARTMENTAL 

Ambulance Service (all years) 


136,559 


Mooring Fees (all years) 


1,020 



WATER DEPARTMENT 

Water Meters (all years) 



213,170 



SEWER DEPARTMENT 

Sewer Use Charges (all years) 



24,519 



Respectfully submitted, 

Joseph A. DiVito, Jr. 
Treasurer / Collector 



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REPORT OF THE TOWN TREASURER 

July 1, 1998 through June 30, 1999 

BALANCE IN TREASURY JULY 1, 1998 $5,672,0203 1 

Total Receipts for Fiscal Year 1999 $58,821,403.78 

Paid Selectmen's Warrants $57,773,023.32 

BALANCE IN TREASURY JUNE 30, 1999 $6,720,400 77 

DEPOSITORIES 

Name of Bank 

Bank of Boston 936,903.07 

Boston Safe Deposit 50,95 1 . 1 2 

Citizens Bank 8,647.05 

Fleet Bank 126,789.65 

MMDT 1,689,227.25 

Rockland Trust Company, Treasurer 366,138.08 

Rockland Trust Company, Lunch 63,468.08 

Rockland Trust Company, Parking 19,455.87 

State Street Bank and Trust 458,670.60 

CD's Invested 3,000,000.00 

Cash in Drawer 150.00 

TOTAL DEPOSITORIES 6,720,400.77 



Respectfully submitted, 

Joseph A. DiVito, Jr. 
Treasurer/Collector 



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LAND USE CONTROL 



BUILDING DEPARTMENT 

During 1999, Cohasset continued a pattern of moderate growth with 17 new dwelling 
starts along with several substantial renovations and commercial projects. 

St. Anthony's Parish Center was completed along with the renovations to and the opening 
of Atlantica. The Red Lion Inn is being transformed into a luxury hotel and restaurant and 
should be completed by mid-year. Construction has also started on a three story office 
building on Rt. 3A near Crocker Lane. 

The expansion of the central sewer district will enable a few lots to be developed that were 
previously unable to support septic systems. 

As always, I have been very fortunate to have had the co-operation of other individuals, 
boards and departments who have assisted the Building Department. 

I would also like to acknowledge and thank so many people who have offered prayers and 
support for my family during this difficult year. The year has ended on a very positive note 
and we are forever grateful. 



The following is a break down of the Building Department's activity for 1999: 





Fees Collected 


Permits Issued 


Estimated Cost of Construction 


$19,322,449.00 


381 


Building Fees Collected 


150,896.11 




Certificates of Inspection 


8.00 


355 


Zoning By Laws & Zoning Maps 


333.00 




Copies for Public 


62.50 




Occupancy Permits 


700.00 


28 


Topographical Maps 


2.50 





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Plumbing Permits Fees Collected 

Gas Permits Fees Collected 

Plumbing/Gas Inspector Paid 

Respectfully submitted, 

Robert M. Egan 
Building Inspector 
Zoning Officer 



11,701.00 


200 


4,495.00 


137 


5,350.00 





GREENBUSH MITIGATION COMMITTEE 

We are a committee appointed by and reporting to the Selectmen. By design, we are nei- 
ther "for" nor "against" the train. Our role is to assume that the Greenbush rail will be 
restored and then negotiate the best deal we can to provide protection for our citizens from 
the effects of the train. 

Calendar 1999 has been a year of interesting events. Starting with the gubernatorial elec- 
tion in late 1998, there appeared to be very little activity on the part of the MBTA toward 
the train revitalization. Late in 1998 and early in 1999 the Selectmen of Hingham, Cohasset 
and Scituate signed a joint letter to the State Secretary of Environmental Affairs asking 
that the MBTA revisit the environmental impacts of the rail restoration and deal with 
issues each town saw as problematic. (From Cohasset's perspective these issues were air 
quality, noise and vibration.) These letters received little or no attention at the state level. 

Beginning in late spring the MBTA appointed Mr. Kevin Dasey as liaison to the 
Greenbush communities. In the past there had been no cohesive communication path with 
the MBTA, which caused much confusion and miscommunication. This appointment has 
proven to be a good move and affords us a good, consistent way to interchange informa- 
tion with the MBTA. 

In June, things began to change and became quite active. Massachusetts Secretary of 
Transportation Kevin Sullivan made a tour of the Greenbush areas most critical to the 
towns of Scituate, Cohasset and Hingham, followed by an open meeting in Hingham 
Town Hall. At that meeting, the Secretary listened attentively to each of the three towns' 
conmients, as well as citizens' comments, in the open meeting. Of particular note is the 

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fact that Mr. Sullivan was the highest ranking state official to spend the time to listen to 
our concerns. 

Since this time we have worked on numerous issues with the MBTA, their engineers and 
consultants. In addition to mitigation for vibration, noise and air quahty we are actively 
working on mitigation for: 

• Private ways closure (Lincoln Lane, Castle Road and Sestito Lane) 

• Emergency access to Rocky Lane 

• Loss of Sohier Street wells 

• Protection for historic structures 

• James Brook flood control 

• Impacts on town center. 



We have placed current drawings of the MBTA's rail design at the Town Clerk's office in 
Town Hall and at the Paul Pratt Memorial Library. We encourage anyone interested in 
understanding the rail system to take a few minutes to view these drawings. We also solic- 
it comments from our citizens to guide us in our work. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Thomas L. Gruber, Chairman 



BOARD OF HEALTH 

Board memberships changed in April when Robin M. Lawrence, D.D.S., M.P.H. was 
elected. He replaced Kevin Ulmer, Ph.D., who chose not to seek re-election. Alix P. White 
was elected chairwoman and Stephen N. Bobo, clerk. Joseph R. Godzik, V.M.D. and Tara 
N. Tradd continued as health agent and administrative secretary respectively. 

Wastewater management continued to be a significant issue for the Board. The Little 
Harbor water quaUty study contract was awarded to Camp, Dresser and McKee. Their 
report was completed in the later part of December and indicated that the so-called Inner 
Little Harbor was nutrient sensitive and that the majority of the nutrient loading was from 
septic systems. Stormwater runoff was the other major factor contributing to nutrient load- 
ing. Anticipating that Inner Little Harbor might require some remediation, the Board 
applied for a loan under the State Revolving Fund for a pilot program to build a small 
wastewater treatment plant with a groundwater discharge system for fourteen homes at the 
end of Nichols Road near Atlantic Avenue. The loan application will not be funded this 
year, but it will be re-submitted for the next funding round. 

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The townside On-Site Wastewater Management Plan is in final draft form and should be 
submitted to the Department of Environmental Protection in January 2000. Once the plan 
is approved by the Department of Environmental Protection, the town will be eligible for 
$200,000.00 in no interest loans for people wishing to repair their failed septic systems. 
The Plan itself will provide for voluntary management of any and all on-site septic sys- 
tems. For an annual fee, any septic system, which complies with Title 5, will be eligible 
for all maintenance, inspection and repair. 

Negotiations regarding the post closure activities at Cohasset Heights Ltd. (CHL) are still 
continuing. While some progress has been made, many issues still remain to be resolved. 
A new statewide Solid Waste Master Plan may allow the construction of new landfills 
because the statewide recycUng goals have not been met. A new site assignment applica- 
tion for Area V at CHL may therefore be forthcoming in the near future. 

Because of funding considerations, the Board withdrew an article from the Town Meeting 
Warrant relating to hazardous materials spill protection for the Lily Pond water supply. 
This issue will hopefully be addressed by the consultant for the Water Commission who 
is currently developing a source protection plan. 

On January 2 the general bylaw requiring that all restaurants and bars be 100% smoke free 
went into effect. During the year the Board granted variances to three restaurants allow- 
ing them to have smoking in their bars. The bars are or will be completely separate from 
the restaurant, have completely independent heating and ventilation systems, and provide 
negative pressure inside the bar so no air contaminated by smoke will enter the restaurant. 

The issue of feral cats was brought to the Board's attention by a complaint from residents 
of James Lane. Feral cats are generally the offspring of domestic cats which have grown 
up and live in the wild. A resolution for managing these cats and minimizing their nui- 
sance potential is still ongoing. 

The Board received the following revenues during 1999: 

Licenses and Permits: $5,525.00 

Witnessing Percolation Testing: $9,99 1 .00 

Disposal System Construction Permit: $7,335.00 

Other: $ 35.00 

Respectfully submitted, 

Alix P. White, Chairwoman 

Stephen N. Bobo, Clerk 

Robin M. Lawrence, D.D.S., M.RH. 



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Metropolitan Area Planning Council 

Annual Report 

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) is the regional planning agency that serves 
101 communities in the metropolitan Boston area. It was created by an act of the state legislature 
in 1963 and has been serving its communities in a variety of ways since that time. The Council 
is composed of one representative from each of the 101 communities appointed by the CEOs of 
each of these cities and towns. In addition there are 21 gubernatorial appointees and 14 agency 
(such as the DEM, Mass Port and MBTA) appointees on the Council. The 25 member elected 
Executive Committee meets 1 1 times a year. The full Council meets three times a year. 
Meetings are held at various localities throughout the region. 

In order to serve its communities better, MAPC has organized eight subregions. These groups 
are composed of representatives from the member communities and a MAPC staff planner. The 
MAPC subregions meet on a regular basis to discuss and work on issues of local and regional 
concern. Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, 
Rockland, Scituate, and Weymouth are members of the South Shore Coalition which is MAPC's 
second oldest subregion. The group meets monthly - usually at local town halls - to discuss 
projects of interest to the communities. The group also shares information about what has been 
happening in each of their communities. Among the topics addressed this past year were: the 
south coastal watershed pilot project, proposed changes to the states zoning enabling legislation, 
the new south shore shared services project and the Vision 2020 project. Additionally the group 
made visits to Hanover's new police station, the new internationally acclaimed Widow's Walk 
golf course in Scituate, and the headquarters of the Wildland Trust of Southeastern in Duxbury. 

On the region wide scale MAPC is involved with so many programs and issues that it is not 
possible to mention them all. However, the following list should give some idea of the breadth 
of activities, responsibilities and challenges the agency has met over the past year. 

Buildout Analysis Projects 

MAPC is continuing its work v^th local communities on Buildout Analysis. Last year MAPC 
developed a GIS methodology for these community buildouts. This work came to the attention 
of EOEA who saw it as a good tool to help communities focus on their local growth potential. 
Subsequently, EOEA decided to fund buildouts for all Massachusetts communities. They have 
contracted with MAPC and other agencies to do the work. Everyone is using the MAPC 
methodology. MAPC experts to complete 47 buildouts this fiscal year. The work on the 
remaining communities will be done the following year. 

The purpose of a buildout study is to create an approximate "vision" in quantitative terms, of the 
potential future growth permitted and encouraged by a community's bylaws. Using maps, a 
buildout analysis can describe the level, type, and location of such potential future growth. The 
result is only an estimate of a possible future for the communities, but it helps residents and 
public officials to develop an understanding of the implications of current zoning regulations. If 
the level or type of potential future development shown in the buildout analysis is not consistent 



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with the community's goals or vision for the future, the residents may choose to make 
appropriate changes to the regulations. 

Regional Service Initiative 

MAPC has worked with local officials to establish three consortia in the North Shore, the North 
Suburban, and the South Shore areas. The groups have applied for state funding, but at this point 
the project is supported totally by local fiinds. The North Shore and North Suburban are sharing 
the services of a regional coordinator who has an office in Salem State College The South 
Shore has a part time coordinator who works out of the Hingham Town Hall. Initially, regional 
coordinators will concentrate on joint purchasing of supplies and services These joint purchases 
are expected to show immediate and significant savings. Municipal managers have expressed 
interest in regional human resources services, including training. Gradually many other 
municipal services will become likely candidates for regional delivery approaches. 

Southeastern Massachusetts Vision 2020 

MAPC is continuing its work with the Old Colony Planning Council and the Southeastern 
Regional Planning and Economic Development District on the initiative to address uncontrolled 
sprawl and improve management of the rapid changes occurring in this region of the 
Commonweahh. The project recognizes that important choices lie ahead for the communities of 
southeastern Massachusetts and that a clear vision for the future will lead to more effective 
decision-making. 

The group has prepared a report: Vision 2020: An Agenda for the Future. This report deals with 
the facts, trends and issues confronting the region, ending with a strategy for action. The report 
was finished this spring. The committee is now making the contents of the report known 
throughout the region by the way of a slide show. 

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy 

MAPC is responsible for producing a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategv- (CEDS) 
for the Boston region, in order to meet the requirements of the federal Economic Development 
Administration (EDA). 

MAPC communities have this opportunity to identify an economic development vision, and an 
action plan and implementation steps which include local and regional, priority projects The 
completed CEDS will be the blueprint for future economic development projects and funding 
from a wide variety of public, nonprofit and private sources. The strategy will also address 
economic development-related issues such as transportation and housing projects and the 
environmental impacts of development. 

1-495 Initiative 

Through the 1-495 Initiative, MAPC continues to work cooperatively with the Massachusens 
Technology Collaborative, legislators, and companies and communities near the fast-growing I- 



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495 Corridor. The Project is funded in part by the U.S. Department of Economic Development. 
The goal is to develop innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, business 
competitiveness, local fiscal stability, and resource protection. This year, the Initiative hosted its 
second major regional conference, achieved $250,000 in federal funding for a regional 
transportation study and ridesharing incentives, began a web-based clearinghouse and virtual 
technical assistance center, assisted in the formation of a six-community Assabet River 
Consortium, and facilitated public-private dialogue about alternative technologies, reverse 
commuting, and more predictable permitting. 

Welfare to Work 

MAPC is the grant recipient of a US Department of Labor Welfare-to-Work Grant. MAPC 
brings an innovative and collaborative approach to assisting low-income job seekers overcome 
systemic transportation barriers. By linking employers, workforce development agencies, and 
transportation providers, the project has improved access to existing mass transit, identified 
major employment centers that lack access, and offered innovative support where public 
transportation is not feasible. MAPC has convened a unique collaboration that provides 
employment transportation for low-income communities. 

Metropolitan Affairs Coalition 

MAPC is serving as the staff of the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition, (MAC). MAC grew out of 
the Challenge To Leadership, a twelve year effort initiated by Cardinal Law. Church leaders j 

along with business, labor, academic, public sector, and other non-profit organizations help 
define a civic agenda for the city and the region. The MAC is designed to give a depth and an 
on-going presence to issues that have a metropolitan scope. The initial issue that the MAC is 
addressing is housing in the metropolitan region. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Dean Rizzo, Cohasset Representative 



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PLANNING BOARD 

The Planning Board, under the authority granted to it by Massachusetts General Laws, 
Chapter 40A, Chapter 41, and the Cohasset Zoning Bylaws, fulfilled the following respon- 
sibilities in 1999: 

• Held twenty-three meetings 

• Reviewed for recommendation thirty-one Zoning Board of Appeals 
applications 

• Reviewed and approved eighteen subdivisions not requiring approval 
(Form A) 

• Reviewed four site plans 

• Reviewed one definitive subdivision 

• The Board continued monitoring approved cluster developments, 
subdivisions, and site plans already under construction. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Alfred S. Moore, Jr., Chairman 
William B. Good, Vice-Chairman 
Terry J. Atherton, Clerk 
John F. OToole 
Robert H. Sturdy 



PLYMOUTH COUNTY MOSQUITO CONTROL PRO.TECT 

The Commissioners of the Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project are pleased to sub- 
mit the following report of our activities during 1999. 

The Project is a special district created by the State Legislature in 1957, and is now com- 
posed of twenty-five Plymouth County towns, the City of Brockton, and the Town of 
Cohasset in Norfolk County. The Project is a regional response to a regional problem and 
provides a way of organizing specialized equipment, specially trained employees, and 
mosquito control professionals into a single agency with a broad geographical area of 
responsibility. 

The 1999 season began with a spring and summer water table lower than normal. Efforts 
were directed at larval mosquitoes starting with the spring brood. Ground and aerial lar- 

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Yielding was accomplished using B.T.I., an environmentally selective bacterial agent. 
Upon emergence of the spring brood of adult mosquitoes, ultra-low volume adulticiding 
began. The Project responded to less than average numbers of complaints, with isolated 
mosquito problems in our coastal communities. All sprayers and trucks performed well, 
with little time lost to breakdowns. 

Eastern Equine Encephalitis virus isolations collected by the Massachusetts Department 
of Public Health were minimal in 1999. The only EEE isolate in a human-biting mosquito 
was found in collections from Raynham on June 28, 1999. The remaining three isolates 
were collected from Culiseta melanura, a bird biting species. Two isolates were from 
Plymouth County as follows: Kingston (8/16) and Halifax (9/20). The recurring problem 
of EEE and the introduction of West Nile Virus in the Northeast continues to ensure coop- 
eration between this Project and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. 

In the last several years, two exotic mosquito species (Aedes albopictus and Ae. japoni- 
cus) have been found in Connecticut and New Jersey. The larvae of these mosquitoes are 
found in man-made containers such as tires and buckets. These mosquitoes are probably 
capable of transmitting Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus to people. We at 
Plymouth County Mosquito Control are concerned about this new threat to the Northeast 
U.S. In an effort to be proactive in our approach, we have begun to monitor containers 
for these new mosquitoes. Neither of these mosquitoes has been found within Plymouth 
County. 

The figures specific to the Town of Cohasset are given below. While mosquitoes do not 
respect town lines, the information given below does provide a tally of the activities which 
have had the greatest impact on the health and comfort of Cohasset residents.. 

Insecticide Application: 1,152 acres were treated using truck mounted sprayers for control 
of adult mosquitoes. More than one application was made to the same site if mosquitoes 
reinvaded the area. The first treatments were made in May and the last in September. 

Our greatest effort has been targeted at mosquitoes in the larval stage, which are found in 
woodland pools, swamps, marshes and other standing water areas. Inspectors continual- 
ly gather data on these sites and treat with highly specific larvicides when immature 
mosquitoes are present. Last year a total of forty-six inspections were made to eighty cat- 
alogued breeding sites. 

Finally, we have been tracing complaint response time; that is, the time between notice of 
a mosquito problem and response by one of our inspectors. The complaint response time 
in the Town of Cohasset was less than two days, with more than one hundred twenty-one 
complaints answered. 

Mosquito Survey: A systematic sampling for the mosquitoes in Cohasset indicates that 
Coquillettidia perturbans was the most abundant species. Other important species col- 
lected include Sedes vexans and Uranothenia sapphirina. 



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We encourage citizens or municipal officials to call our office for information about 
mosquitoes, mosquito-bome diseases, control practices, or any other matters of concern. 

Kenneth W. Ludlam, Ph. D., Superintendent 

Commissioners: 

Carolyn Brennan, Chairman 

Robert A. Thomdike, Vice Chairman 

Leighton F. Peck, Jr., Secretary 

William J. Mara 

Michael J. Pieroni 

Robert A. Thomdike, Vice Chairman 
Leighton R Peck, Jr., Secretary 
William J. Mara 
Michael J. Pieroni 



RECYCLING COMMITTEE 



Your Recycling Committee has had a busy year with additional recyclables and stricter 
requirements for recyclables, as well as waste. 

Our trash to recyclables has remained almost steady at 32%. 

Through continuing efforts by the Recycling Committee, improved markets have been 
found for corrugated cardboard, plastics, steel, tin cans and aluminum. Although prices 
vary almost day-to-day, we have been able to improve our overall income. 

The steady increase of trash and recyclables has put a strain on our facility, as well as on 
personnel. 

To maintain our quality of recyclables, employees have been on the alert for contaminants. 

Hazardous Waste Day was held and effectively removed considerable hazardous waste 
from the Town. 



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The continuous co-operation from Townspeople is necessary for Cohasset to continue its 
high rate of recycling and keeping contaminants out of material. 

Next year, cathode tubes will be prohibited from disposal in trash. This will place con- 
siderable time and effort on the part of employees to separate and pack television tubes „ 
and computer monitors for shipment to a specialized processor to remove hazardous mate- 1 
rials. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Arthur L. Lehr, Jr., Chairman 

Merle S. Brown 

Mix P. White 

David Bigley 

Luther S. Leighton 

Eunice L. Brownell 

Glen A. Tracy 

John K. McNabb, Jr. 

Melvin Waldfogel 

Peter G. Whittemore 

Mary Earon 

F. Allan MacDonald 

Jean M. White 

Carol L. Martin 



SOUTH SHORE RECYCLING COOPERATIVE 

(South Shore Regional Refuse Disposal Planning Board) 

The year 1999 was the first full year for the South Shore Recycling Cooperative (SSRC) 
which is a voluntary association of 13 member towns of the South Shore : Abington, 
Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hingham, Kingston, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, 
Plymouth, Rockland, Scituate, and Weymouth. 

The SSRC was formed in 1998 by its predecessor organization, the South Shore Regional 
Refuse Disposal Planning Board ("the Board"),whose mission was to consider whether to 
establish a solid waste district in the South Shore. After due consideration, the members 
of the Board voted to form a voluntary association of towns, the SSRC, instead of a dis- 
trict, which would have imposed another layer of government. 

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The member towns of the SSRC have joined by voting at Annual Town Meeting to autho- 
rize their Selectmen to sign the Intermunicipal Agreement (IMA) forming the SSRC, and 
by voting at Town Meeting to adopt the provisions of the special legislative act creating 
the SSRC as a separate legal entity, Section 194 of Chapter 419 of the Acts of 1998. 

The officers of the SSRC are: Chairman, Mike Pakstis (Duxbury), Vice-Chairman, Greg 
Robbins (Marshfield), Treasurer, Joanne Dirks (Norwell), and Secretary, John McNabb 
(Cohasset). 

The mission of the SSRC is, according to the IMA, as follows: "The South Shore 
Recycling Cooperative is established to provide a forum of cooperative management of 
solid waste by members, to assist each member Town to improve the cost-effectiveness of 
their recycling efforts by providing economy of scale while maintaining full control over 
solid waste management; to assist members to improve programs to divert waste materi- 
als from the waste stream and to reduce the amount and toxicity of wastes; and to provide 
such assistance on an individual basis to each member Town and cooperatively in joint 
programs with other Towns." 

The year 1999 was also the first full year for our full-time Solid Waste Planner, Claire 
Sullivan, who provides invaluable service for each of the member towns by providing reg- 
ular assistance for running local recycling programs and helping promote more regional 
cooperative efforts between the member towns. 

The SSRC's major regional program is the coordination by Claire of the member towns' 
annual Household Hazardous Products (HHP) collection days, which is provided to mem- 
ber towns under a single contract negotiated by the SSRC but signed between each town 
individually and the vendor, currently Safety Kleen-all at the same cost strucmre per 
town, based on the total volume expected from all member towns. The contract includes 
reciprocity: a resident of any member town can attend a HHP collection event in another 
member town with permission of their own town. 

At Cohasset's HHP event, held September 18, seventy-four (74) Cohasset residents par- 
ticipated, along with 7 residents of other towns (paid for by their own towns). By partic- 
ipating in this regional contract, Cohasset saved 30-50% over what it would have cost if 
the town had negotiated an individual contract. 

The SSRC is working on establishing a permanent HHP collection center in the South 
Shore, which should further reduce these costs and help keep even greater quantities of 
these hazardous products out of landfills and incinerators. 

The SSRC has also negotiated a contract with the Town of Bourne for the SSRC member 
towns to take construction and demolition waste to the Bourne landfill at a very favorable 
tip fee of $15/ton less than the gate fee, which should result in cost savings for the town 
solid waste management budget. 



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In 1999, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provided a Technical 
Assistance grant of $15,000 to the SSRC to help maximize the collection of HHP. DEP 
also provided a grant of about $15,000 for other SSRC expenses under the provisions of 
special legislative authorization secured by Senator Robert L. Hedlund specifically for the 
SSRC. The SSRC Board is very appreciative of Senator Hedlund's successful effort to 
support our regional recycling program. 

In September, the SSRC submitted a grant application to DEP for about $160,000 to con- 
struct a facility at the Rockland town landfill to consoHdate recyclable materials. With this 
facility, member towns will be able to bring Cathode Ray Tubes (CRT's), fluorescent tubes 
(both banned from disposal) and mattresses (difficult to manage) to one place to be then 
picked up by a recycling vendor. The economy of scale and increased efficiency of region- 
al consolidation of materials would allow all member towns to get a better price for these 
materials and to save more money in their local recycling budgets. Other materials which 
may be later consolidated at Rockland, if we get the grant, may include paper, cardboard, 
plastic, steel cans, comingled containers, appliances, and tires. 

The SSRC is greatly appreciative of the assistance and support provided for our efforts by 
the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, Department of Public Works, Recycling 
Committee, and other officials of the Town of Cohasset. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Merle S. Brown, SSRC Representative 

John K. McNabb, Jr., SSRC Representative and Representative to the 

South Shore Regional Refuse Disposal Planning Board. 



WATER RESOURCES PROTECTION COMMITTEE 

During 1998, the Water Resources Protection Committee continued its efforts, pursuant to 
the mandate of Town under Article 46 of the 1994 Annual Town Meeting, to investigate 
potential sources of pollution of our sources of -public water supply, review the 1986 
Camp Dresser McKee Water Resources Management Plan, study feasible means of 
regional watershed protection, and to present reports to Town Meeting. 

This Committee consists of five citizens appointed by the Board of Selectmen, and one 
ex-officio representative each from the Drainage Advisory Committee, Conservation 
Commission, Board of Health, Planning Board, and Water Commission. 

ZONING MAP. At the 1998 Town Meeting, the Committee was successful in passing a 
Warrant Article to reprint the Town Zoning Map, which has not been reprinted since 1986, 



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to show the boundaries of the Water Resource District. This will increase the visibility of 
the Water Resource District and help in its enforcement. 

SOUTH SHORE WATER SUPPLY ADVISORY COMMITTEE. The work of this 
Committee culminated in the July 1998 release of its report, South Shore Noapoint Source 
Management Plan. Two members of the Water Resource Protection Committee, John 
McNabb and John Bryant, were appointed in 1996 by the Board of Selectmen to the South 
Shore Water Supply Advisory Committee. This Committee was established by the 
Metropolitan Area Planning Council to help MAPC develop a South Shore Nonpoint 
Source Management Plan. We were successful in getting the MAPC to include the Aaron 
River Reservoir Watershed as one of three sub-basins in the area for a detailed watershed 
assessment and stormwater modeling study, which will help in providing better under- 
standing of that watershed. 

ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS STUDY. The Army Corps of Engineers has com- 
pleted its water quality study of our watershed areas, pursuant to a $10, 000 grant secured 
by the Committee in 1996. Preliminary findings of the study have indicated detectable 
levels of lead downstream from Cohasset Heights landfill Mich may merit further study. 
This report took surface water samples in many locations around Lily Pond and the Aaron 
River Reservoir and near Sanctuary Pond, close to the Sohier Street wellfields. The final 
report had not been issued at the time of the submittal of this report. 

COHASSET HEIGHTS LTD. LANDFILL. The Water Commission conmiissioned 
Norfolk Environmental to study the potential contamination of the Lily Pond watershed 
by CHL. Norfolk, in a report released October-8, concluded that contaminants from CHL 
have migrated about one-quarter mile from the landfill, to wells 8/8A and wells 7/7 A, that 
new wells should be installed to detect whether contamination has migrated further, and 
that further studies would be needed to fully characterize the pattern of groundwater flow 
from the landfill. Norfolk also confirmed the existence of two northsouth trending 
bedrock fractures which could allow contaminated leachate from CHL to drain toward 
Brass Kettle Brook, a tributary to Lily Pond. 

Respectfully Submitted, 

John K. McNabb, Jr., (Water Conmiission), ( ex officio) . Chairman 

Mark B. Bell, Vice Chairman 

James C. Kinch 

John K. Bryant (Conservation Commission) (ex officio^ 

John B. Chapman (Drainage Advisory Committee) ( ex oificio) 

Thomas, C. Cook (Board of Health) ( ex officio ) 



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PUBLIC SAFETY 



ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICE 

of the 
POLICE DEPARTMENT 



The newly revitalized Animal Control office under the Cohasset Police Department had 
an extremely productive year in 1999. The Animal Control office is a part-time operation; 
however, the Animal Control Officer (ACO) has managed to overcome several major 
obstacles and has established a role that serves the needs of the town in a limited time 
frame. 

A bare-bones office for the ACO was established in the basement of the Police Station to 
provide an operations center within the town. A Centrix telephone system with voice mail 
was established enabling the ACO to return calls from any location. The animal control 
office received approximately 900 calls last year for all types of animal-related problems 
and requests for assistance. 

The animal control vehicle, a 1991 police cruiser, was painted and lettered so as to make j 
it easily identifiable and to make the citizens of Cohasset aware of the presence of an ani- 
mal control operation in town. 

A Police Department web site (HYPERLINK http://www.cohassetpd.org www.cohas- 
setpd.org) was developed. On the "Animal Control" page all pertinent animal control 
information is provided, including a listing of services available, hours of operation, poli- 
cies of the Animal Control office, town leash laws and general information on wildlife and i 
other problems citizens might encounter. 1 

The Mariner newspapers were very cooperative in developing a public survey about coy- 
otes that inhabit the town, and the results were overwhelming. Because of the enormous 
number of telephone calls, the ACO was able to identify coyote habitat and follow their 
movements throughout the town. 

The feral cat problem on James Lane was brought to the attention of the Animal Control 
office. With the cooperation of the Board of Health a solution is being sought that will sat- 
isfy both the residents of that street and also keep the humane coalition satisfied that we 
are attempting to help the felines. 

A pooper-scooper law has been developed in conjunction with the Board of Health and 
will be implemented and enforced in the year 2000. 



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The Cohasset Rotary Club, sponsors of a road race every April, has been very generous in 
supplying the office with over 400 free leashes to hand out at the race and other town- 
sponsored events. 

Wildlife is still the biggest problem. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts laws regard- 
ing wildlife severely limit the town's ability to deal with this ongoing problem. Residents 
must accept the fact that wild animals are a consequence of residing in a rural communi- 
ty and that the wild animals will not respect persons or property boundaries. Wild ani- 
mals and the problems they create will continue to plague residents yearly. 

The year 2000 should be an exciting time in the Animal Control office. There are many 
new ideas and plans that can be implemented to make living in the Town of Cohasset, with 
or without pets, a very enjoyable experience. 

Please keep in mind that the Animal Control office has limited hours and a limited bud- 
get, but every effort will be made to respond to calls within a reasonable time period. The 
function of the Animal Control office is to assist our residents with whatever animal-relat- 
ed problems occur. 



Respectfully submitted, 
Paul W. Murphy, ACO 

EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT 

1999 continued in an unusual weather pattern that spared Cohasset from adverse weather. 

Coastal storms failed to materialize in any magnitude. 

Notwithstanding, your Emergency Management Program functioned in a state of readi- 
ness, well prepared for the unexpected. 

Continued thanks to all Town departments, employees, and volunteers for their continued 
support of emergency programs. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Arthur L. Lehr, Jr. 

Emergency Management Co-ordinator 



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FTRE DEPARTMENT 



I hereby submit the Annual Report of the Cohasset Fire Department for the year ending 
December 31, 1999. 

A statistical analysis of the Department responses for the year is as follows: 

Building/Structure Fires 42 

Brush/Outdoor Fires 34 

Motor Vehicle Accidents 111 
Motor Vehicle Fires 8 

Medical Emergencies 658 

Investigation 100 

Inspection 459 
Assistance 45 

Miscellaneous 465 



Total 
Medical Responses: 



1,922 



Total Incidents 

Basic Life Support Transports 

Advanced Life Support Transports 

Mutual Aid Rendered 

Mutual Aid Received 



769 
274 
165 
184 
27 



Mutual Aid with other Towns, for fires: 



Rendered 
Received 



63 
20 



The Fire Department is currently operating with the following equipment: 

Engine 1 - 1994 Pierce - 1,750 G.RM. Pumping Engine 
Engine 2-1987 Pierce - 1,250 G.RM. Pumping Engine 
Engine 3 - 1979 Duplex - 1,250 G.RM. Pumping Engine 
Ladder 1 - 1978 Seagrave - 100 foot Aerial Ladder Truck 
Forest 1 - 1982 Ford - 4 wheel drive - 100 G.RM. pump 
Rescue 3 - 1993 International Ambulance 
Car 20 - 1995 Ford - 4 wheel drive - Chief s Vehicle 
Rescue Craft - 1993 Avon - 14 ft. Inflatable/trailer 



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FIRE PREVENTION 

In November, the Fire Department was awarded $3,224 in Student Awareness of Fire 
Education (S.A.F.E.) Grant funds. The purpose of the S.A.F.E. Program is to educate 
students about the fire and health hazards of smoking-related materials. The S.A.F.E. 
Grant application was a combined effort between the Fire Department, School 
Department and Board of Health. 

In conclusion, I would like to extend to the Citizens of Cohasset, the Board of Selectmen, 
the Town Manager and the Heads and Members of all Town Departments and 
Committees, my sincere thanks and appreciation for their assistance. 

To the Officers and Firefighters of the Department for their dedication and 
performance of duties, my sincere thanks and appreciation. 



Respectfully submitted, 
Roger W. Lincoln, Chief 



POLICE DEPARTMENT 

In accordance with the provisions of Article 3, Section 2, Paragraph D, of the By-laws of 
the Town of Cohasset, I hereby submit the Annual Report of the Cohasset Police 
Department. This report includes activities and statistical data from January 1, 1999 
through December 31, 1999. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Brian W. Noonan, Chief of Police 



UNIFORM CRIME REPORT 1999 STATISTICS 

Offense Reported 

Robbery 1 

Assaults 13 

Breaking and Enterings 13 

B&E or Larceny from MTV 4 

Larceny 59 

Larceny of MA^ 3 

Vandalism 11^ 

Criminal Complaints Sought 94 

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Motor Vehicle Accidents Investigated 

Motor Vehicle Citations Issued 

Parking Tickets Issued 

Residential & Business Alarms Answered 

Stolen MA^'s Recovered 

Official Complaints Received 

Department Vehicles-Patrol Mileage 

Special Details 

Bicycle Patrol Hours 

9-1-1 Calls Received 

Domestic Violence Cases Investigated 

FID Cards Issued 

LTC Issued/Renewed 



139 

1873 

1324 

410 

1 

7039 

158213 

1397 

336 

1329 

29 

28 

62 



RECORD OF ARRESTS 1999 

Offense 



Male 



Assault & Battery 

Assault & Battery on Police Officer 

Breaking and Entering 

Open Gross Lewdness 


7 

1 
2 

1 


Burning Dwelling 
By-Law Violation 


1 
1 


Disorderiy Person 

Minors in Possession Liquor 

Motor Vehicle Violations 


1 

13 
18 


Operating Under Influence Alcohol 
Protective Custody 
Violation of Drug Laws 
Violation of Domestic Abuse Order 


18 

13 

11 

1 


Warrants' 


30 


Malicious Destruction Property 
Possession of Child Pornography 
Larceny of MA^ 


1 
1 
2 



Female 
3 



1 

5 
1 

7 
2 

1 

13 



121 



34 



TOTAL ARRESTS 



155 



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FEES RETURNED TO GENERAL FUND 

Court fines & assessments ^39,820.00 

Parking Violations 23,980.00 

Paid Detail Surcharge 9934.00 

License Fees 1075.00 

Requests for Police Reports 74 1 .00 

False alarms/billing 775.00 

TOTAL 76325.00 



PUBLIC SAFETY COMMUNICATIONS 

1999 was a year of uncertainty about what to expect as the clock rolled from 1999 into 
2000. Updating the Public Safety computer network began early in the year and after 
many hours spent installing updated software and hardware the in house system rolled 
into 2000 problem free. The Massachusetts Statewide Emergency Telecommunications 
Board had the Enhanced 911 system ready to perform flawlessly as far back as March. 
The Cohasset Police Department now has a website. If anyone has ideas for community 
information to post on the website please contact the Communication Supervisor at the 
police station. Please, check out the site www.cohassetpd.org . 

Respectfully submitted, 



David J. Weeks 
Communications Supervisor 



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PUBLIC WORKS 



CEMETERY STUDY COMMITTEE 

We have continued to work to expand Cohasset's existing cemeteries throughout 1999. 
The Beechwood Cemetery was reconfigured and confirmed to have 336 available graves. 
The Selectmen agreed in August to allow sales on a pre-need basis at the Beechwood 
Cemetery. Pre-need sales had been stopped over ten years ago. 

We also identified a potential new area at the Woodside Cemetery. Engineering work has 
been completed, resulting in a plan for nearly 900 new graves. We currently await 
Conservation Commission approval. 

Based on these two major developments, we feel confident that a solution to cemetery 
space for the next few generations is at hand. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Glenn A. Pratt 
Joseph L. Jerz 
Joseph M. Curley 
James H. Oilman 
Julianna D. Hassan 



GOVERNMENT ISLAND STUDY COMMITTEE 

The year 2000 will herald in the fifty-fourth anniversary of the purchase of what we know 
as Government Island. The Board of Selectmen (1946) was in favor of this "package" of 
7.4 acres and presented the idea to the Townspeople who agreed with them. They bought 
it for $29,000.00 or about $3,900.00 per acre. Not a bad deal. 

The Government Island Study Committee (GISC) oversees this piece of property for the 
Town. We're an interested group of seven volunteers who make recommendations for 
actions to be taken to the Board of Selectmen who will, if necessary, go to Town Meeting 
for action by the voters YOU. 

During 1999 the following additions, changes, improvements to the Island have been 
made: 

• One of the original Fresnel Lenses used in Minot's Light (partial lens only) has been 
installed after long negotiations with the Coast Guard. Anyone interested in seeing the 
Replica, the Lens, and hearing a bit of history can contact any member of the Committee 
to agree on a convenient time to visit. 

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• A monument to the two assistant lightkeepers who perished when the first Minot's Light 
blew over has been erected. This was proposed and paid for by a private party and 
approved by the Board of Selectmen. 

• The normal, general maintenance of the Island goes on with good cooperation between 
Harold Litchfield, DPW Superintendent, his crew and the GISC. 

As has been stated many times, Cohasset has a "diamond in the rough"right here. No 
other Town has anything like Government Island. It is a haven for fishing, boating, sail- 
ing and enjoying. 

Please take some time to visit the area yourself, with your family - enjoy it - absorb the 
history that is right there. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Hamilton T. Tewksbury, Chairman. 

Constance M. Afshar 

Richard P. Barrow 

Robert M.. Davenport 

Noel A. Ripley 

Peter G. Whitman 

John H. Winters EI, Harbor Master.. 



DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS 

1999 for the D.P.W. seemed to favor safety objectives. To that end we felt that the addi- 
tion of sidewalks on a newly widened King Street and Atlantic Avenue were both neces- 
sary and by all accounts seem to be welcomed by the townspeople. We will continue to 
plan for additional sidewalks in the future. Another safety project was to repair the play- 
ground equipment at the Deer Hill School. Other accomplishments include: 

• Enlarging the parking areas at Bancroft Hall and the Police/Fire Station. 

• Installed culvert on King Street. 

• Installed 71 feet of drainage pipe on Beechwood Street. 

• Began construction on a new office at the Recycling Facility. 



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• Constructed a new parking area for the Swim Center. 

During 1999 we also continued our annual basin cleaning, street sweeping, fence repairs, 
roadside mowing, tree trimming, vehicle and equipment maintenance. There were 50 
internments at various town cemeteries. The hauling of our recyclables has increased sig- 
nificantly, keeping the tractor trailer busy. This process has shown a decrease in trans- 
portation costs for the town. However, the costs of solid waste continue to rise and the 
same is expected in the future. 

Chapter 90 provided funding for resurfacing sections of Jerusalem Road, Atlantic Avenue, 
King Street and Forest Avenue. Private way funds and D.P.W. manpower was used to 
resurface Hillside Drive, Ledge Way and a section of Fox Run. The sidewalk on Pleasant 
Street was also resurfaced. 

In the fall of 1999, the maintenance division was added to the Public Works Department. 
We feel that this addition will ensure that town buildings are properly cleaned and neces- 
sary repairs are made in a timely manner, ensuring a longer life span. 

In closing I would like to thank our employees, all other town employees and the mem- 
bers of the Recycling Committee for their help and our Town Manager and the Board of 
Selectmen for their continued support. 



Respectfully submitted, 

Harold W. Litchfield 
D.P.W. Superintendent 



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SEWER COMMISSION 

The year was an extremely busy one for the Sewer Commission. The first phase of the 
Central Cohasset sewer expansion project was the connection of the new elementary 
school to the system, and this was completed primarily in 1998 but closed out in 1999. 
The remainder of the project was approved by the state, issued for bid, and contracted, all 
in 1999. This is a $13.5 milHon construction job that will expand the existing central 
Sewer District, now serving approximately 250 equivalent dwelling units, to encompass 
1000 equivalent dweUing units. The district will extend out Border Street to Scituate, pick 
up the Harbor-end of Atlantic Avenue, including the "Newtonville" district of town and 
Howard Gleason Road, and extend from Cushing Road up over the Hillside to Route 3 A. 
Two contracts are included, one to modernize and increase capacity of the treatment 
plants, and the other to do the mains and collectors in the streets. The Commission is 
actively in the planning process to extend the system still further, crossing 3A at Pond 
Street in order to connect the Lily Pond area. While all this was occurring, the two con- 
tracts in the North Cohasset District were in full swing. The members of the Sewer 
Commission would like to thank our fellow citizens for their cooperation and patience 
while all this construction was in process. 

North Cohasset Contract #1, the extension of mains throughout the new North Cohasset 
Sewer District, was completed in the summer, with the punch Ust carrying over to year's 
end. Contract # la, the connecting piping and pumping units installed on private proper- 
ty, was also completed at year's end. The North Cohasset system serves over 330 equiva- 
lent dwelling units. Because of the ledge prevalent in North Cohasset, a force main sew- 
erage system is used, with pumping units at each house. This allows shallower trenching 
and minimizes the expense of ledge removal. The system leads to a pump station at West 
Comer, shared with Hingham, and thence on to the Hull Wastewater Treatment Plant, in 
accordance with Cohasset's November 26, 1996 Intermunicipal Agreement with Hull. 
Since the house pumps are usually adjacent to homes, contract #la involved extensive 
work on private property. Accordingly, easements were provided on the private property 
to acconMnodate the town work. 

In other business, the Commission closed out its infiltration/inflow improvement project, 
which required re-doing a portion of the work by the contractor based on our analysis of 
TV inspection of the new pipe lining. Our contract for plant operation expired on October 
31, so the Commission prepared a bid specification for a new three-year contract. This 
was issued for bidding and won by the existing operator, PSG, which the Commission 
feels is doing an excellent job, especially in view of the ongoing construction at the plant. 

At the beginning of the year, a letter amendment dated December 17, 1998 to the Second 
Amended Final Judgement was signed with the State Attorney General's office, and sub- 
sequently ratified at the Annual Town Meeting. This allowed addition of the Lily Pond 
District and required a water quality study of Little Harbor to determine the extent of pol- 
lution originating from leaching fields. The study is being done jointly with the Board of 
Health and the Selectmen, and is under way. At the same Town Meeting, $1.3 million was 
appropriated for the Lily Pond Project. 

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Edward M. Guild, longtime Chairman of the Sewer Conmiission, did not run for re-elec- 
tion this April, after sixteen years of service. Mr. Guild was instrumental in the planning 
and implementation of our major sewer expansion. We are grateful that he continues to 
assist the board for special tasks as a voluntary "Associate Sewer Conmiissioner." 

As noted in the Commission's report for the year 1998, the Commissioners, at their own 
personal expense, asked for an independent judgement as to the awarding authority for 
town sewer contracts. The Norfolk Superior Court found in favor of the Board of 
Selectmen, and although we do not consider this decision in the best interest of the town, 
the matter is now closed. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Raimund G. Vanderweil Jr., Chairman 
Henry A. Rattenbury, Vice Chairman 
Raymond Kasperowicz, Clerk 



BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS 



In 1999, Commissioner Richard Muncey was reelected to the Board of Water 
Commissioners. Commissioner John McNabb was elected Chairman, Robert E. 
Kasameyer was elected \^ce-Chairman, and Richard Muncey was re-elected Clerk. 

American Anglian continued as the contract service operator of the Cohasset Water 
Department under its three-year contract. The Water Commission is very pleased with the 
excellent service provided to our ratepayers by American Anglian, Water Superintendent 
George Hawksley, and the entire Water Department staff. 

The Water Department's distribution system, which provides water for domestic con- 
sumption and fire protection for about 90% of the residents of Cohasset, encompasses 
approximately 36 miles of water mains, 2,372 service connections, and 315 hydrants. 
During calendar year 1999, a total of approximately 240,000,000 gallons of water were 
produced and pumped to the distribution system. 

Our fiscal position continues to be sound. The Water Commission continued to be entire- 
ly self-supporting from water rates and user charges, after paying off the long-standing 
loan from the Town as of June 30, 1998. 



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Unlike virtually every other town in Southeastern Massachusetts, we did NOT have to 
impose a mandatory or voluntary outside watering ban during the serious drought in the 
summer of 1999, which was one of the worst droughts in the last 40 years. We survived 
this drought without a water ban because of the vast capacity of the Aaron River 
Reservoir, which impounds about 323 million gallons of water, and because of the 
replacement and rehabilitation of water mains since the water emergency of 1994 has 
enabled us to reliably deliver this water to all our ratepayers. 

During 1999, the Water Department distribution staff was kept very active marking out 
water mains and service connections for the ongoing sewer construction project, which is 
still continuing through the year 2000. 

LONG RANGE PLANNING. In 1999, the Water Conmiission started the process to 
develop a comprehensive long-range plan which encompasses all three key components 
of the Water Department: the watershed and sources of water supply, the water treatment 
plant, and the water distribution system. 

DISTRIBUTION. While a 10-year plan, designed by Tutela Engineering, for rehabilita- 
tion of the water distribution system, is currently under way, we will work during 2000 to 
revise the plan to provide for a 20-year capital maintenance plan for the distribution sys- 
tem. At the December 6 Special Town Meeting, we received authorization to develop a 
computerized database of the water system, utilizing Geographic Information Systems 
(GIS) and Computer Aided Design (CAD), so we can better locate water mains and ser- 
vice connections and better manage our capital maintenance program. We also received 
authorization to replace undersized water mains on Stevens Lane and Holly Lane, and to 
begin a program to replace valves and gates. We applied for zero-interest loans from the 
state Water Supply State Revolving Fund (SRF) program for the remaining projects in the 
current long range plan, but unfortunately, none of our requested projects were provided 
funding under the program. 

TREATMENT PLANT. At the end of 1999 we hired an engineering firm, Weston & 
Sampson, to conduct a comprehensive inspection of the water treatment plant in the first 
few months of 2000, and to prepare a 20-year capital maintenance plan for the treatment 
plant. Since the water plant is over 20 years old, and still contains a number of original 
components, there is a need to develop a preventative maintenance program as well as 
considering whether design changes are needed to meet current and future expected reg- 
ulatory changes to improve the quality of the treated water. 

WATERSHED PROTECTION. Through the $45,000 grant from the state, Norfolk 
Environmental will prepare a Water Supply Protection Plan and a 20-year watershed pro- 
tection plan for the Water Department. This plan will review potential threats to watershed 
quality, land use in the watershed areas, changes in local water protection regulations that 
may be needed, and recommend a regular watershed monitoring program. 

NEW WATER STORAGE TANK. During 1999, we made substantial progress on one of 
our major priorities, the construction of a second water storage tank on Scituate Hill. After 

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selecting a suitable site near the top of Scituate Hill, on May 19 we took by eminent 
domain the necessary land for the tank, a temporary construction easement, and for the 
pipeline to the tank. On August 16, we received the necessary height variance from the 
Zoning Board of Appeals, along with other needed variances from area and width require- 
ments, and frontage. We then received Site Plan Approval from the Planning Board, after 
consultation with the Design Review Board. On October 8, Tutela Engineering submitted 
our application to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection for Plan 
Approval, which is the last approval needed before we can go out to bid. We expect to 
receive Plan Approval in January 2000, and then put the project to bid. Since it usually 
takes about 12 months after going out to bid to complete an engineering project of this 
size, we expect to put the new water storage tank on line by January 2001. 

Y2K PREPAREDNESS. In December, 1998, we adopted a Y2K Action Plan. During 
1999, we followed through on this Plan, by hiring Utilistar to do a comprehensive Y2K 
inventory and audit of the water plant. This audit identified a small number of Y2K defi- 
ciencies, which have been remedied. Our major identified Y2K problem was in our billing 
software, which delayed the completion of our August billing until the Y2K bug was cor- 
rected. Along with our contract operator, American Anglian, we have devised a contin- 
gency plan that includes having a second stand-by generator on hand from December 15 
- March 15. This second generator is a diesel generator in case an interruption in natural 
gas occurs the same time as a blackout, since our emergency generator runs off a natural 
gas pipeline that may be subject to Y2K related problems. On New Year's Eve, American 
AngUan staffed the plant at midnight, December 31, and tested all systems prior to start- 
ing plant operations in the morning of January 1. 

FIRE HYDRANTS. At the December 6 Special Town Meeting, we received authorization 
to replace 20 fire hydrants. This authorization will be the first year of an annual fire 
hydrant replacement program, which is needed because some hydrants are of obsolete 
design (although they can still be used), or have various mechanical problems. All fire 
hydrants are tested every year, and have been recently inventoried and painted. While the 
Town Meeting voted in 1999 to budget only about 50% of the funds needed to pay the 
annual emergency services fee due to the Water Department, the Water Conmiission con- 
siders this reduction to be a loan to the Town. 

WATERSHED PROTECTION. The Water Commission has been taking steps to protect 
the quality of the watershed that provides the source of public drinking water for the peo- 
ple of Cohasset: 

Norfolk Environmental has investigated the potential threats from the Arrowwood devel- 
opment, which is located in Scituate on the shores of the Aaron River Reservoir, and are 
considering what steps to take to reduce or eliminate the potential adverse effects the 
development may pose to the water supply. 

The Water Commission received authorization at the December 6, 1999 Special Town 
Meeting to install three monitoring wells between Lily Pond and the Cohasset Heights 
landfill (CHL), which closed on July 2, 1998, to further determine the potential threat 

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posed by CHL to the water supply. Even though CHL is closed, it will still produce con- 
taminated leachate for at least 20-30 years that could negatively impact the Lily Pond 
watershed. 

In 1999, CHL submitted its proposed final closure/post-closure plan to the state. The 
Water Commission submitted comments on the plan, through Norfolk Environmental, and 
recommended to DEP that the closure plan include a requirement that CHL dig a ground- 
water diversion trench around the landfill to retain all contaminated leachate onto the 
landfill property and prevent it fi-om draining into the Lily Pond Watershed. 

The Water Commission continued to investigate other potential sources of contamination, 
and in 1999 submitted an application to the DEP Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) pro- 
gram, which provides funds to review remediation plans for hazardous waste sites, for the 
former Brown's Auto Body at Depot Court (where there is an underground plume of gaso- 
line). 

WELLFIELDS. We continued to work toward the reactivation of our two wellfields, the 
Elms Meadow Wellfield and the Sohier Street Wellfield. Both wellfields are officially list- 
ed by the state as emergency sources of public drinking water supply. An engineering 
investigation of both wellfields supervised by Tutela Engineering demonstrated that both 
wellfields can produce excellent quality water, and of sufficient quantity to be useful as a 
partial backup water supply, or to assist in times of high demand. The state, through funds 
provided by the federal Source Water Assessment Program, will be conducting a Zone II 
delineation for the Elms Meadow Wellfield in 2000, which will allow us to reactivate the 
wellfield at a reduced cost for that required study. Tutela is currently calculating the costs 
needed to determine a new location for the Sohier Street wells, which are too close to the 
Greenbush Railroad right of way, and the Water Commission then plans to present those 
cost estimates to the MBTA and request that the MBTA pay the cost for relocating the 
wells as part of their mitigation measures, if the raikoad is reactivated. 

PUBLIC EDUCATION. In 1999 we initiated two public education programs to help keep 
the ratepayers informed: 

In February, we initiated a regular newsletter, "Your Water Department", in water bills, to 
keep ratepayers informed with their quarterly bills of the programs and activities of the 
Water Department. 

On October 16, we produced our first "Water Quality Report" to comply with the EPA's 
new requirement for every water supplier to provide annual consumer confidence reports, 
and mailed it to every household in Cohasset, and placed it for public review at the library. 
Town Hall, and at the Lily Pond Water Treatment Plant. This Report, written by the Water 
Commission and produced by Norfolk Environmental, included a map of the sources of 
our water supplies and watershed areas, information about water quality, and information 
about our current programs to improve the water treatment plant and distribution system 
and to protect watershed quality. Starting in 2000, this Report must be produced and sent 
out by July 1 each year. 

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WATER QUALITY. In the Water Quality Report, we reported that the water delivered to 
the tap was safe to drink in accordance with state and federal regulatory requirements. We 
reported that only four contaminants were detected in 1998 (the required reporting peri- 
od), all below regulatory limits - total trihalomethanes (TTHM's), fluoride (which we are 
required to add to the water), nitrate, and turbidity. We noted that there are two water qual- 
ity problems, discolored water and total trihalomethanes, that are a priority to be 
addressed, and that we were working to reduce TTHM's (already low) by continuing to 
clean water pipes and to reduce chlorination as much as possible. Discolored water is 
caused by accumulated sediment in water pipes, which we will be able to fully address 
once we put the second water storage tank on line (by early 2001) and are able to start an 
annual flushing program for the distribution system to remove the accumulated sediment. 

DISTRIBUTION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS. During calendar year 1999, we per- 
formed the following distribution system improvements: 

Ripley Road - replaced about 1,600 feet of 4-inch and 6-inch pipe with new 10-inch water 
pipes 

Smith Place - installed 620 feet of new 8-inch pipe to complete a loop and replaced 590 
feet 6-inch pipe with 8- inch 

Gushing Road - replaced 315 feet of 6-inch pipe with new 8-inch pipe; 

Spring Street - installed 360 feet of new 8-inch pipe to complete a loop. 

Norman Todd Road (from Todd Lane west to Beechwood Street) - installed 740 feet of 

new 8 inch pipe to complete a loop; 

Scofield Road - installed about 130 feet of new 8-inch pipe from Route 3 A to the existing 
dead-end main on Scofield road to complete a loop. 

Church Street - installed over 440 feet of new 8-inch pipe to improve connections. 

King Street (from North Main Street to Route 3 A) - replaced about 1,300 feet of 8 inch 
pipe with new 12-inch pipe (this work will be completed in Spring, 2000). 

LEAKS FIXED. In 1999, the Water Department fixed many leaking water mains and 
pipes, many resulting from the ongoing sewer construction, including the following 
streets: Ganmions Road, Linden Drive, Jerusalem Road, Depot Court, Pond Street, Linden 
Drive, Newtonville Lane, Stockbridge Street, Stanton Road, Rust Way, Arrowwood 
Street, Tupelo Road, Old Pasture Road, Buttonwood Lane, James Lane, King Street, 
Lantern Lane, North Main Street, Border Street and Otis Ave., Beach Street and Highland 
Avenue, Smith Place and Ripley Road, and Ash Street. We also replaced a broken valve 
on Summer Street to assist in the ongoing drainage project. 



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CONCLUSION. 1999 was the 50th year of the operation by an elected Water 
Commission of the Cohasset Water Department, which was purchased by the Town of 
Cohasset from the private Cohasset Water Company in 1949. Since those early begin- 
nings, the water system has progressed from a few shallow hand-driven wells which 
served just a small part of the Town and an open reservoir to an abundant surface water 
and ground water supply that should be sufficient to serve the needs of Cohasset for 
decades to come. 

Our principal challenges in the new century are to properly maintain and rehabilitate the 
existing town- wide system of water mains, gates, and valves, to ensure the reliable deliv- 
ery of good quality water to all our customers, to rehabilitate and maintain the Lily Pond 
Water Treatment Plant, and to protect the quality of the watershed areas that provide the 
sources of water supply. The Water Commission intends to meet these challenges through 
the design and implementation of long-range plans to ensure that the Water Department 
can meet the water supply needs of the Town through the next century. 

The Board of Water Commissioners and the Cohasset Water Department would like to 
thank all of the town officials, boards, and committees who have assisted the Water 
Department and the Board throughout the year. We will continue to seek improvements in 
the water system for the benefit of all the ratepayers and taxpayers. 

Respectfully submitted, 

John K. McNabb, Jr., Chairman 
Robert E. Kasameyer, Vice-Chairman 
Richard D. Muncey, Clerk 



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HUMAN SERVICES 



COHASSET HOUSING AUTHORITY 



The Cohasset Housing Authority is a public agency with a five member Board of 
Commissioners, four of whom stand for town election and the remaining Commissioner 
appointed by the Governor. 

Commissioner Term Expires 

John D. Muncey, Chairman 2001 

Ralph Perroncello, Vice Chairman 2002 

Ann C. Barrett 2004 

Stephen F. Wigmore 2000 

Richard J. Silvia, Governor's Appointee 1997 

(The Governor's Appointee remains in the position until such time as a new 
Commissioner is appointed.) 

The Cohasset Housing Authority has a staff of three: 

Marilyn A. LeBlanc, Administrator 
Earlene A. Graver, Housing Clerk 
James V. Mascioli, Maintenance. 

According to the bylaws, the Board of Commissioners meets on the fourth Tuesday of 
each month and holds its annual meeting in June. 

Cohasset's subsidized housing inventory includes state units numbering sixty-four of the 
Chapter 667 Elderly/Disabled housing located at 60 Elm Street, and twelve units of 
Chapter 689 Special Needs housing located at 72, 74 and 76 Elm Street. The seventy- 
eight state units are subsidized by the Department of Housing and Community 
Development. The thirty-one federally subsidized Section 8 Program units provide rental 
assistance for families and are funded by the Department of Housing and Urban 
Development. Our annual subsidies are granted upon successful annual-semi-annual 
reviews of management and regulatory compliance. 

Eligibility standards for our Elderly/Disabled complex, Harborview, were changed in 
1998. The maximum allowable income cannot exceed $32,100 and the age for admission 
is sixty. 



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The grants received from the state are in varying states of progress: 

1. The grant to reconfigure the walkways has progressed and a designer has been 
chosen. We anticipate that plans will be approved in the early spring and con- 
struction will begin in summer. 

2. The upgrade of the fire alarm system has been approved. The next step is to fol- 
low the public bid process for a contractor. 

3. The renovation of the front porch at 72 Elm Street has progressed to the point of 
a contractor being chosen and construction should begin in the early spring. 

4. Also, at 72 Elm Street, an abandoned oil tank has been removed to comply with 
state regulation. 

5. The renovation of the balconies and wing walls at Harborview has been funded 
and we anticipate that will go forward during the sunmier or early fall. 

The Board of Commissioners continues to schedule goal setting sessions to review and 
update policies and procedures and to further research opportunities to create affordable 
housing for those with greatest need. 

Respectfully submitted, 
John D. Muncey, Chairman 
Ralph Perroncello, Vice Chairman 
Ann C. Barrett, Treasurer 
Stephen F. Wigmore, Asst. Secretary 
Richard J. Silvia, Asst. Treasurer 



COUNCIL ON ELDER AFFAIRS 

The Council on Elder Affairs is pleased to submit its Annual Report for the year ending 
December 1999. The Elder Affairs has again seen a tremendous growth in the number of 
elders requesting our services. These requests are coming from many sources, including 
adult children, who have concerns about their aging parents living in town. Due to the 
recent cuts in home health care services, we are also experiencing the fallout from elders 
who no longer are eligible to receive home care services. Many of these seniors are living 
alone and are at a loss as to where to turn. We are very pleased to have the expertise of 
Carol Barrett, who has 24 years of nursing experience, as Outreach Coordinator. She helps 
to clarify what is available and she advocates for those who wish to remain independent 
in their own home. The senior population of our town is also growing as more and more 



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residents are turning 60 years of age. It is interesting to note that the largest increase we 
have seen is in the 85+ population. These frail elders are usually living in their homes 
independently but are very dependent on services such as transportation and Outreach. As 
we enter the twenty-first century, it is critical that the town takes a realistic look at the ser- 
vices we provide today and what will be needed in the next ten years. 

We need to not only maintain the current services, but also plan for the future needs of the 
faster growing segment of the town population that we will be serving. 

The following is a brief overview of the past year: 

Information and referral: Units of Services FY 7/98 - 6/99 4,219 

Trained staff and volunteers answer the telephones and provide information and referrals 

to seniors, their families, and outside agencies. 



Transportation: Units of Services 

Town 7 passenger Van 63 people =1,144 rides 

Shared Van 94 people = 946 rides 

Medical Van 81 people = 502 rides (Jan.99-Nov.99) 

Map 5 9 people =40 rides 

The Ride 39 people = 391 rides 



The Elder Affairs operates three vans (two lift-equipped); one shared with the Town of 
Hingham. We also coordinate with many contracted service providers for transportation 
to Boston hospitals. The Town's seven-passenger van provide transportation to local med- 
ical appointments, food shopping. Senior Center meals and activities, church services and 
banking, etc. Transportation is provided on a priority basis for medical appointments. The 
Outreach Coordinator has made medical needs assessment before the first ride, based 
upon need assessments of Cohasset seniors done by various agencies. Transportation has 
been identified as the number one need of Cohasset senior citizens. 

We thank Dick Avery and all the FISH Drivers for their continued support in helping 
seniors with on-going need for medical driving assistance to South Shore towns and espe- 
cially Boston. 

We also have a wonderful pool of volunteer drivers who are willing to drive the Senior 
Shuttle six days a week, including Sundays, to church services. 

In January 1999, we received our Dodge Wheelchair-Hft-equipped van that has seen 
increased use for medical appointments within a 15-mile radius. Cohasset was grateful to 
South Shore Elder Services, Inc. for this van plus the title HIB Grant enabling the CEA to 
hire a part-time van driver for the first year. 

The third van that we share with Hingham is now five years old and this van are also hand- 
icapped- accessible. The primary use is to take people to and from lunch at the Center, and 
for out-of-town shopping and recreational trips to Boston, museums, and social and edu- 
cational trips. 



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If we have calls for people needing a handicapped-accessible van and their appointment 
is beyond the 15-niile radius, we use the Medical Access Program (Map 5). This service 
is provided by Bill's Taxi and is under a federal grant from South Shore Elder Services. 

We also make referrals to the FISH program; this service provides transportation in pri- 
vate cars, mostly to Boston hospitals, non-handicapped-accessible. The MBA's "The 
Ride" has also helped by servicing 39 people, giving 391 rides to doctors, churches, or a 
visit to a friend, etc. This year we have seen a tremendous increase in requests for trans- 
portation, and are grateful for all volunteer and paid drivers and agencies who have given 
their time to help bridge the gaps in one area that is growing faster than we ever expect- 
ed. Special thanks are due to Hamilton T. Tewksbury, James Donohue, Carol Barrett, 
Marion Smith, and Elizabeth Cossette. The Transportation Committee consists of Rev. 
Gary Ritts, Carol Barrett, Dick Avery, Kearin Dunn, Ham Tewksbury, and Patricia 
Sargent. Their accomplishments this year included establishing guidelines in the follow- 
ing areas: 

Medical Van Usage Policy 

Sunday Church Rides 

Van Rider Policy 

Van Driver Policy 

Future grants for Transportation 



Outreach: Units of services: 72 unduplicated visits and 30 duplicated visits (Jan - Nov. 
99). A Telephone Reassurance Program was initiated in January 1999, and there are 12 to 
15 elders being called daily Monday through Fridays. The service provided by our expe- 
rienced Outreach Coordinator has seen a tremendous growth. In addition to the number 
of clients and calls that have continued to increase, the nature of the problems have 
changed. With a mobile society, oftentimes elders are left without family to turn to and 
know they can receive help when they call CEA. Carol Barrett needs to be applauded for 
all her extra time and effort in taking care of the growing needs of Cohasset's elderly pop- 
ulation. Our goal next year is to work with town departments to implement the T.R.I.A.D. 
Program. 

Housing Committee: The Council on Elder Affairs Housing Committee under the direc- 
tion Barbara Anglin and John Coe adopted the following mission statement: 

To research options for Cohasset homeowners, age 55 and over, who one day may no 
longer physically or financially be able to maintain their single-family home. The 
desired goal is to identify additional in-town options allowing Cohasset seniors to 
remain in the community, in their homes or other housing, which they might other- 
wise be forced to leave. (Adapted from the Scituate "Accessory Dwellings" bylaw.) 

The housing committee met eleven times plus five additional sub-committee meetings to 
work on a housing survey to gather information from resident seniors. 

The conmiittee looked at what other towns are developing for their seniors and compared 
zoning issues for in-law apartments with various towns. They gathered and compared 

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housing surveys used in other towns to assess housing needs; heard from our building 
inspector and assessor that their departments often hear of a need from senior homeown- 
ers for tax and financial relief; and we have compiled a housing survey, and held a 
Housing Issues Forum for the Council members. 

A final report with exhibits was presented to the Selectmen in November. The 
McCormick Institute of U-Mass Boston will use the survey tool we developed to conduct 
a housing needs study for the Town of Cohasset. December's Special Town Meeting 
approved the expense and the selectmen appointed a Senior Housing Committee to follow 
through with the study and come up with solutions to the problem. 

Senior Center: (20.738) 

This past year, we again saw some new and innovative programs begun at the Senior 
Center. They included a Caring for Elders At Home, Board Training, and the Bowling, 
Bridge, Caregivers Support Group, Chi Gong, Coffee Cafe, Computer training, "Easy 
Does It" with Ginni, Firming & Toning with Marion, Foot Care Clinics, Gourmet Club, 
Knitting, Men's Breakfast Club, Seminars for Seniors, Soup's On, Special Events, Step 
Aerobics with Mary Jane, Tours, Water Aerobics, weekly speakers after the Tuesday lun- 
cheons. Van Driver Training, Drivers' Education Program with the Registry of Motor 
Vehicles, and 55 Alive with A.A.R.R The weekly luncheons have seen a steady increase 
thanks to Nancy Barrett and Margaret Casey; 2,475 meals last year and 1,275 meals 
served in the first six months of the year. Margaret has arranged weekly speakers that are 
very interesting on a wide range of subjects from health issues to safety concerns. The 
Coffee Cafe averages 15 to 20 people every week. People love the home made goodies 
and the local chat! In addition to our weekly class schedule, we also sponsor many day 
trips to the theater, museums, luncheons at local restaurants, etc. These day trips provide 
much needed outings for many people who don't have other means of transportation or 
are caregivers who do not have the luxury of participating in overnight trips. Social iso- 
lation is a major problem for many of elderly; thus, it is critical to provide them with ade- 
quate space where they can interact with one another. Our Senior Center is open every day 
from 8:30 to 4:00PM, Monday through Friday, and we provide weekend transportation to 
Sunday churches. 

Newsletter-Vista Units (15.000) 

Each month 1,300 copies of the Senior Vista Newsletter are mailed and distributed to local 
stores. Library, doctors' offices, senior housing, churches and banks by volunteers. Each 
person over the age of sixty receives a copy directly by mail to their home. This newslet- 
ter provides current information about programs, classes, Outreach, recipes, and health 
updates. During the past year, Carol Dieffenbach took on the challenge to make this the 
best possible newsletter. Carol's goals for the newsletter included mailing it out on time, 
accuracy, and making it aesthetically pleasing. To date she has accomplished all three! 
Our future goal includes better communication with the local Mariner news and we hope 
to have more articles appear in the Patriot Ledger. We must conmiunicate with our com- 
munity. 



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Shine (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) 

We now have two trained SHINE counselors providing seniors and their families with cur- 
rent information on various health insurance issues. The SHINE Program also provides 
various health educational forums that deal with the ongoing changes in Medicare and the 
new rulings concerning HMO's. This is a free service to the town and the volunteers are 
trained and certified by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Our counselors are Carol 
Barrett and Eleanor Smith. 

Intergenerational programs (eight programs this past year) 

The Elder Affairs Board remains dedicated to continuing the Intergenerational Programs 
with the school system of Cohasset. The programs cover a wide range of interest. The 

Osgood 3^" grade students shared a luncheon at the Center with planned entertainment 
four or five times a year. Each project was different, very well thought out and all offered 
an individual performance by the students. The High School Seniors (4 students) prepared 
and served strawberry shortcake in June to 50 people and the eighth grade students, and 
on their own with the teacher's assistance, prepared dinner at the Center in early spring, 
1999. We also enjoyed a spring program with the Senior/Cadette Troop 4773 Girl Scouts 
at the Bancroft Hall Lightkeepers House with an historical presentation on Amelia 
Earhart. All of these programs are very special and important to keep the young and old 
in touch with each other. 

Volunteer Opportunities (150) 

During the past year we honored over 150 dedicated volunteers who give so much to their 
community. In review of the past year, volunteers have given 5,567 documented hours to 
the Center. This total would be counted as $33,402 at the minimum wage. Volunteering 
is a wonderful way to give back something to the community and the CEA is grateful for 
the generous people who choose to help us. 

Four Wonderful Senior Aides, Virginia Anderson, Nancy Barrett, Betty Brooke, and Addie 
McGrath have given so much to our workforce at the Center and it is an extra bonus to 
the town. 

In Memoriam: W^th all the many gifts we have here in town, over the past year we 
experienced some of the greatest losses. We are all saddened and wish to acknowledge 
the work of four wonderful people: Without T. Gerard Keating, who for many years held 
so many positions with the Board as well as with the town we would never have had a 
Senior Center. Ray Buckley made us aware of the need for specialized van services. 
Without Ray, we would never have realized the need for a mobility assistance program. 
With his advice, we purchased the van in 1992. In addition, we all miss Libby Pompeo, 
and Ann Leonard, who for fifteen years supported each event the C.E.A. hosted. Always 
with their cheerful faces, such enthusiastic people, they were more than willing to offer 
support in every way that needed to be done. We all will miss them in the future for the 
great work and love. 

The Council wishes to thank all the organizations and participants involved in the fol- 
lowing activities; aerobics, bowling, bridge, computer classes, foot care program, hair- 
dressing services, housing options, nutrition program, nursing services. Senior Tea, 
SHARE, SHINE, and Vista. 



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In conclusion, the members of the board of directors could not carry out its mission if not 
for its dedicated staff, volunteers, the schools, churches, local business, and civic organi- 
zations. We thank the South Shore Community Center and many town employees who 
continually support our efforts as we strive to enhance the quality of life for the seniors of 
Cohasset. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Kathleen R. Bryanton, Director 
December 1999 



fflSTORICAL COMMISSION 

The inventory of houses in Cohasset continues, and David Wadsworth has done a monu- 
mental job in nearly completing the large undertaking of the inventory. Books containing 
the inventory are available to the pubUc. 

Ham Tewksbury has been hard at work completing assembly of the Fresnel Lens in the 
Minot's Light Replica at Government Island. It is being secured in place with the help of 
South Shore Vo-Tech School and Nelson Pratt. 

Thanks to Bob Martin, his storefront window has had a number of historical displays of 
Cohasset. Ham Tewksbury has been coordinating this project. The Cohasset Newspaper 
store has been selling Minot's Light tee shirts and sweatshirts for the Commission, and 
they have kept our sales active. 

We are pleased that Becky Bates-McArthur has accepted the job of Secretary for the 
Historical Commission. Ellen Freda is working on the task of nominations for the 
National Register of Historic Places. The most recent property accepted by the National 
Register is the Josephine Hagerty House, designed by Walter Gropius. 

The last remaining sign for the Captains' Walk has been completed and we are now ready 
to have the porcelain sign made that will briefly detail the history of Minot's Ledge 
Lighthouse. 

We meet the second Monday of each month at Town Hall. We welcome visitors and input 
from concerned citizens. Our central purpose is to maintain the flavor and historical 
integrity of the Town of Cohasset. 



Respectfully submitted, 
Noel A. Ripley, Chairman 

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PAUL PRATT MEMORIAL LffiRARY 

The Trustees of the Paul Pratt Memorial Library defined their goals in fiscal 1999, in addi- 
tion to a well managed library, to be technology enhancement, maintenance of the exist- 
ing building, and the progranmiing and design of the new library at the old Joseph Osgood 
School. 

After research and considering several proposals, our Director, Janet Husband, recom- 
mended the installation of MediaOne as the library's Internet provider. This has been 
accomplished and now three computers are currently delivering this service. Staff is 
being trained to do research and assist patrons with these computers in addition to their 
other duties. 

Our staff was diminished this year by the death of Nancy Knight. Nancy had been with 
the Paul Pratt Memorial Library for 29 years and is greatly missed by staff, family and 
patrons. 

The Investment Advisory Committee, chaired by Barbara Power, again reconmiended a 
conservative investment policy and a "take-out" rate of 4% and that policy was adopted 
by the board. The library Trustees continue also to be grateful to their volunteer advisors 
and for donations of cash and stock received this year. The return on this generosity helps 
maintain library services. 

The Friends, chaired this year by Linda Wakeman, continued to enhance every aspect of 
library services. In particular, book purchases, fund raising, volunteer service at the desk 
to help with our increased circulation, payment for the Museum passes that save towns- 
people thousands of dollars, purchase of computers together with software and training, 
and monies toward hiring a top flight interior designer, Jane Lucas, are worthy of note. 

Finally, the library Trustees took the next step to convert the old Joseph Osgood School 
to a new library and retained Burt, Hill, Kosar Rittelmann Associates as architects for the 
project. Designs, construction drawings and estimates are in the process of completion 
and the Trustees now await publication of the new guidelines by the Massachusetts Board 
of Library Conmiissioners so the Town of Cohasset can apply for state reimbursement. 
The Trustees look forward to the year 2000 in which we hope to finalize designs, apply 
for state aid, raise private funds, and present Town Meeting with a completed plan for a 
new library. 

Respectfully submitted. 

Patience Garrick Towle, Trustee 



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THE RECREATION COMMISSION 

It gives us great pleasure to report to residents the activities of their Recreation 
Commission for the year 1999. 

During the year, approximately 5,500 individuals of all ages participated in a variety of 
structured programs, activities and events. While budget restrictions persist, our latitude 
of use of the Revolving Account Fund for 100% Self-Supporting Programs are continu- 
ing under this Financial Mechanism, causing no impact upon taxpayers. Via the 
Recreation Commission's policy to charge an Administrative Service Fee charge to all 
R.A.F. programs, taxpayers are reimbursed for the costs and time encumbrances of R. A.F. 
Program operations. That is, the A.S.F. revenues produced via Administrative Service 
Fees, coupled with budget sponsored program fees, service fees and charges that reim- 
burses taxpayers for the budget of their Recreation Commission. Only revenue on deposit 
in the General Fund can be considered recapitalization revenue. 

During Fiscal Year 1999, ending June 30, 1999, the Recreation Commission produced for 
the General Fund $38,909.55. $2,600.00 was produced for use by the Conunission via 
grants and matching grant funds. Concurrently, $66,803.19 was transacted via Revolving 
Account Funds for 100% Self-Supporting via fees charged participants for a variety of 
services. Approximately another $180,000.00 was transacted via other and direct Self- 
Supporting Financial systems during FY. 1999, manifesting a collective $288,312.74 of 
recreational services to residents. These figures do not include the thousands of man- 
hours that are annually donated by hundreds of residents, in support of a variety of pro- 
gram operations. 

Municipal recreation is for the benefit of all residents and we continue to direct our efforts 
towards assurance of equal access and opportunity to the entire community. To this end, 
a specific and calculated portion of revenue was not collected this year from residents who 
were temporarily unable to pay full fee charges for services. In many instances time was 
volunteered in lieu of full fee payments, benefitting the department and participants of 
programs. 

Programming represents only one of the responsibilities, duties, and functions as pre- 
scribed and conferred upon the Recreation Commission by both Massachusetts General 
Laws and By-Laws of the Town. Continuing efforts are focused upon upgrading and ren- 
ovating existing outdoor recreational facilities under jurisdiction of the Commission. 

It has been and continues to be, through a blending of private and public resources and 
funding, that most facilities have been upgraded and/or renovated. Numerous Town 
departments and officials have continued to support our efforts in this area, for which we 
remain enormously grateful. 

The seven member, elected board of the Recreation Commissioners volunteer their ser- 
vices to the town and department, meeting regularly in order to discuss a wide spectrum 

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of topics relative to the leisure needs and pursuits of all residents. Further, the 
Commissioners establish policy, and provide departmental direction, support, and assis- 
tance. Each meeting is publicly posted at least one week prior to date and residents are 
cordially invited to attend and participate in any meeting. Essential to our proper func- 
tion, and absolutely vital towards success, is the ability to remain responsive to the 
dynamic community needs. We consider your input and feedback our most important 
source of guidance. 

Degree of community interest and support for recreational and leisure-time services can 
directly be measured by two essential factors. First and most logically, interest is mea- 
sured by the level of participation by residents in various services. Secondly and perhaps 
as important, interest and support is readily recognizable by the extraordinary numbers of 
volunteers who donate their time, efforts and expertise in conduct with a number of our 
programs, events and activities. 

The Recreation Commission wishes to acknowledge gratitude to the many individuals, 
civic and business organizations, school and sports groups, Town boards, committees and 
departments who have lent their support and assistance in our efforts to best serve the 
recreational and leisure needs of residents of all ages. While too numerous to mention 
each name, none are forgotten and all are sincerely appreciated and thanked. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Richard R Barrow, Chairman 
Mary K. Muncey, Vice-Chairman 
Anthony J. Carbone, Secretary 
Lillian M. Curley 
Stephen C. Endris 
David R.Marks 
Thomas W Wigmore 
John M. Worley, Director 



SOCIAL SERVICE LEAGUE 

The Social Service League, under contract with the Board of Health, provides public 
health nursing services to the Town of Cohasset. These free services include: monthly 
Keep Well Clinics at the Senior Luncheon and Harborview Senior Citizen Housing which 
are open to all Town residents regardless of age; adult inununization programs; tuberculin 
testing; diabetic and hypertension screenings; conmiunicable disease follow-up; and gen- 
eral health consultations. Our nursing office is also responsible for the distribution and 
auditing of all childhood vaccines provided to local physicians by the Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health. Our office is located at 16 Highland Avenue (at St. 
Stephen's Church) and our walk-in clinic hours are: Monday, Wednesday and Friday, dur- 
ing the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

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Programs sponsored by the Social Service League and the Cohasset Board of Health this 
year include: "Coping with Cancer" in March; an "Immunization Update" in April; 
Community Health Fair in May; "Breast Health and Associated Issues" in September; and 
the Mobile Diagnostics mammography van in October. We have also started local 
Pandemic Flu Planning with other town agencies, as directed by the Massachusetts 
Department of Public Health. 

We thank all our volunteers who have assisted us this year and acknowledge all in the 
conmiunity who have supported us with donations in 1999. 



Activity Attendance 

Keep Well Clinics 317 

Adult Immunizations 1081 

Diabetic Screening 135 

Cholesterol Screening 100 

Mobile Mammography Van 12 

Health Fair 100+ 
Lazy Eye Screening (ongoing) 
Lead Screening (ongoing) 

Tuberculin Testing 31 

Hypertension Screening 688 

Communicable Disease follow-up 14 

Home Nursing \^sits 204 

Office Nursing \^sits 677 

Total Nursing Visits 881 

Respectfully submitted, 

Judith E. Fitzsinmions, R.N., P.H.N. 



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YOUTH RESOURCES COMMITTEE 

It is with distinct pleasure that the Youth Resources Committee submits its Annual Report 
to residents of Cohasset. 

During 1999 our primary focus has been transforming the town's old highway garage into 
a Teen Center for Cohasset youth. 

To this end we have dedicated much time and effort raising funds for this work. Upon 
taking control of the building during early 1999, we found that the existing utilities, wiring 
and plumbing, had to be stripped and completely redone. While the Garage project pre- 
sented numerous challenges to overcome, we were able to persevere via the enormous 
generosities of many residents, organizations and businesses. 

The Garage will be open during late 1999, available to the youth of Cohasset as a teen 
center. We expect that the on-going costs of operation can eventually be satisfied via rev- 
enues produced from various activities and events held at the Garage. 

The youth of Cohasset and members of the Youth Resources Committee wish to extend 
their most sincere gratitude to the numerous residents, business organizations, town 
boards, officials and departments who have generously donated money, time, effort, mate- 
rials and supplies towards our project. 



Respectfully submitted, 
John M. Worley, Chairman 



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Graduates, Class of 1999 



Danielle Marie Anderson 
Michael Wing Baird 
Tcdd Michael Bestick 
Tiffany Marie Bolster 
Gregory Anderson Boyne 
Anthony Ellis Bramblett 
Catherine Elizabeth Brister 
Devin Patrick Buick 
Jami Hayden Butman 
Lucius Keating Caldwell 
Susana Carolina Candia 
Dylan D Chase 
KyraLea Cogill 
Megan Walsh Connolly 
John Francis Considine III 
Ivan Cosme II 
Britt Berry Covell 
Andrew Paul Curran 
James Tyler DeMichele 
Tamara Michelle DeVaughn 
Kayleen Devine 
Keri Beth Dinsmore 
Brian Arthur Donovan 
Alexandra D'Urso 
Mark Burke Equi 
Jordan Thomas Fiore 
Jared Michael Ford 
Shaun Matthew Galvin 
Lauren Angelina Genovese 
Edward Francis Goff III 
Michael Ryan Goff 
Justin Daniel Golden 
Karyn Andrea Gray 
Starr Patrice Greene 
Noel Everall Grinnell 
Tara Rose Hettstrom 
Paul David Albert Hussey 
Kaitlin Augusta Jackson 
William Patrick Kearney 
Benjamin Wile Ketchum 



Kelly Anne Kilkuskie 
Andrew On wood Laney 
John-Paul Francis Laugelle 
Benjamin Theodore Littauer 
Ryan Leoned Long 
Jill Marie Magner 
Justin Hartley Maitland 
Alyssa Catherine McNamara 
Matthew Richard Morde 
Jacob Pendleton Motley 
Patrick John Murphy 
Ronald John Nicynski, Jr 
Meredith Dickinson O'Hayre 
Caitlin Marion O'Neil 
James Victory O'Sullivan II 
Gregory Ryan Parkinson 
Sean Matthew Parkinson 
Stephanie Anne Perkinson 
Wilson Hunt Pile 
Colton Tagle Ralston 
. Stephen Mark Reynolds 
Benjamin Martin Roine 
Katherine Rose Ronan 
Denis Paul Rooney 
Michael Alexander Rossi 
Alex Jay Russell 
Adam David Sasso 
Roben Steven Sceer>' 
Alexander Orison Schwerin 
Raheem Omar Shepard I 
Sergei Marie Skorupa 
Ryan Matthew Steel 
Jessica Elizabeth Stevens 
Ryan James Story- 
Gregory William Taylor 
Susan Dorothy Thompson 
Megan Elizabeth Waal 
Jamey Alida ^Xatts 
Nicholas Richard Withem 
Margaux Elizabeth Meager 



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SCHOOL COMMITTEE AND SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS 

It is with great pride that we submit the Fiscal Year 1999 Annual Report for the Cohasset 
Public Schools. 

This has been and will continue to be a very challenging year for the Cohasset Public 
Schools. 

We have completed the first step in the proposed renovations to the Deer Hill and 
Middle-High Schools by a very positive vote at the Annual Town Meeting, with the hir- 
ing of Strekalovsky & Hoit, Inc., Architects, to conduct a feasibility study, demographic 
and enrollment projects, and have explored a number of possible options for renovations 
and/or new buildings. A Building Needs Conference was held in December and at that 
time the State Department of Education gave initial approval of our projects to continue 
to final designs. At the Special Town Meeting, held in December, the residents over- 
whelmingly approved $390,000 for final architect drawings, plans which will be brought 
to the Town at the Annual Town Meeting in March, 2000. We hope to submit all plans and 
documents to the Department of Education by June 1, 2000 for final approval and autho- 
rization to go out to bid. 

The results of the MCAS testing for the second year for Cohasset were received, and we 
are proud to report that our students ranked 12th overall in the Commonwealth, with the 
10th grade combined scores being number one in the State. With the continuing support 
of the community, administration and teaching staff, we continue to provide a high level 
of instruction, with small class sizes, which we have found to be necessary for the future 
success of our students. Our MCAS scores certainly prove how successful our efforts have 
been. 

Significant improvements have been made as we have updated our technology to the 21st 
century with an expenditure of $200,000 for networking of all schools and many new 
computers, including two new state of the art computer labs at the Middle-High School, 
and new software for student and staff use. As a result, we are more than ready for the new 
millennium as well as being Y2K compliant. 

Because of very austere fiscal budget constraints on the school budget for this current 
year, many areas including athletic programs, had to be eliminated. We have been very 
fortunate to have had community, parent groups, and single donors donate monies for the 
restoration of a number of these athletic sports programs. It is because of this increased 
support of parents and community members that we are able to continue to provide these 
extracurricular activities for our students. 

As we pursue our mission for quality education for our students, the School Committee 
will continue to work to achieve the following goals: 



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COHASSET PUBLIC SCHOOLS 

APPROVED 

1998-99 SCHOOL GOALS 



Mission 



To encourage and expect maximum achievement through a supportive learning commu- 
nity which strives to develop ethical and responsible citizens who love to learn. 

I. Strategic Plan 

To implement an annual strategic planning process, which evaluates progress on the 
stated objectives or the current strategic plan, modifies those objectives where warrant- 
ed, and includes a long-range financial planning component. 

a. Develop an annual planning calendar, which integrates all school district plan- 
ning activities, including long term planning, individual school improvement 
planning, financial planning and annual budgeting. 

b. Create an expanded planning document which includes financial, operating 
and capital plans. 

c. Use the strategic planning process to solicit community input, to foster com- 
munity awareness of initiatives and achievements and to gain new insights and 
input from the community in order to expand or update school goals. 

n. School Committee Operations 

a. Develop an annual School Conmiittee operating calendar which includes reg- 
ular financial reports to the Superintendent and regular reports ft-om Principals 
and School Councils. 

b. Perform an informal benchmarking study of School conmiittee operations 
against peer school committees, to evaluate ourselves, get ideas and to establish 
a dialogue with peers. 

c. Negotiate a new three-year salary contract with the teachers which balances the 
interests of the town, the teachers and the conamittee. 

d. Review the Cohasset School District Policy Manual for possible revisions and 
additions. 

e. Establish an alternative funding subcommittee to identify and tap into poten- 
tial funding sources which could provide additional monies for Cohasset school 
programs. 

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f. Improve the annual budget review process and budget document to facilitate 
review by the Committee, town boards and the community. 

g. Review the current teacher evaluation process. 

h. Continue to improve the professional development opportunities for teachers, 
administrators and staff. 

in. Curriculimi 

To evaluate, develop and refine curriculum and instructional technique which are con- 
sistent with state standards and current research and which demand excellence from 
each individual. 

a. Continue to review and revise existing curricula in English/Language Arts, 
Mathematics, Science and Technology, Social Studies, World Language, the Arts 
and Health to be consistent with Curriculum Frameworks. 

b. Develop pilot program to provide personal progress plans to maximize each 
student's achievement. 

c. Analyze the results of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Testing Program, 
report student achievement and identify areas requiring improvement. Develop 
plan for addressing curriculum concerns and enhancing/expanding strengths. 

d. Continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the middle school and block schedul- 
ing at the high school through the Block Scheduling Review Subconomittee. 

IV. Technology 

a. Continue to provide professional development for all staff in the integration of 
technology into the curricula and fund teacher's workshops to develop model 
technology-supported curricula units. 

b. Monitor progress in updating teleconmiunications equipment to improve com- 
munications among parents, teachers, administrators and students. 

c. Seek Fall Town Meeting approval and monitor the implementation of phase 
two of the technology plan which includes the purchase and placement of 
$350,000.00 worth of equipment and training. 

d. Prepare a request for the Fall Town Meeting to meet the initial financial 
requirements to begin to implement the district's five-year technology program. 



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V. School Facilities 

a. Oversee the construction of the new elementary school, ensure the project is 
on budget, opens to students in September of 1998, and meets all specifications. 
Also, review a relocation plan to facilitate the move to the new school. 

b. Conduct a comprehensive faciUties audit of the Cohasset Public Schools. 

c. Analyze the results of the 1998 facility audit and work in conjunction with the 
"Haddad" Committee to determine funding needs and develop a renovation 
timetable and plan. 

d. Develop an ongoing maintenance plan for each of the schools and determine 
funding. 

VI. Community Awareness 

a. To evaluate the effectiveness of the communications plan and make any nec- 
essary modifications. 

Vn. Accreditation 

a. Begin preparation plans for the upcoming high school accreditation review. 



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CLASS OF 1999 
COLLEGE ENROLLMENTS/FUTURE PLANS 



Danielle Anderson 
Michael Baird 
Todd Bestick 
Tiffany Bolster 
Gregory Boyne 
Anthony Bramblett 
Brister, Catherine 
Devin Buick 
Jami Butman 
Lucius Caldwell 
Susana Candia 
Dylan Chase 
KyraLea Cogill 
Megan Connolly 
John Considine 
Ivan Cosme 
Britt Covell 
Andy Curran 
Alex D'Urso 
James DeMichele 
Tamara De Vaughn 
Kayleen Devine 
Ken Dinsmore 
Brian Donovan 
Mark Equi 
Jordan Fiore 
Jared Ford 
Sean Galvin 
Lauren Genovese 
Ted Goff 
Ryan Goff 
Justin Golden 
Karyn Gray 
Starr Greene 
Noel Grinnell 
Tara Hettstrom 
Paul Hussey 
Kaitlin Jackson 
Bill Kearney 
Ben Ketchum 
Kelly Kilkuskie 



Taking courses 

Coast Guard Academy 

Bryant College 

Northeastern University 

U. Mass/Lowell 

Bates College 

Colgate University 

Syracuse University 

Bryant College 

McGill University 

Brown University 

Work 

University of Maine/Farmington 

The Catholic University 

Westfield State College 

Thomas College 

Johnson & Wales University 

Work 

Mt. Holyoke College 

Georgetown University 

Northeastern University 

U. Mass/Amherst 

Tulane University 

Elmira College 

Fordham University 

Savannah College of Arts & Design 

Roger Williams University 

Mass. Bay Community College 

U. Mass/Amherst 

Boston College 

Dean College 

Harvard University 

McGill University 

U.Mass/Boston 

University of British Columbia 

Boston College 

Grove City College 

U. Maine/Orono 

University of Richmond 

U. Mass/Dartmouth 

Boston University 






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Andrew Laney 
John-Paul Laugelle 
Ben Littauer 
Ryan Long 
Jill Magner 
Justin Maitland 
Alyssa McNamara 
Matt Morde 
Jake Motley 
Pat Murphy 
Ron Nicynski 
Meredith O'Hayre 
Caitlin ONeil 
Jim O' Sullivan 
Greg Parkinson 
Sean Parkinson 
Stephanie Perkinson 
Wilson Hunt-Pile 
Colton Ralston 
Steve Reynolds 
Ben Roine 
Katherine Ronan 
Denis Rooney 
Mike Rossi 
Alex Russell 
Adam Sasso 
Steve Sceery 
Alex Schwerin 
Raheem Shepard 
Sergei Skorupa 
Ryan Steel 
Jessica Stevens 
Ryan Story 
Greg Taylor 
Susan Thompson 
Megan Waal 
Jamey Watts 
Nick Withem 
Margaux Yeager 



St. Anselm College 

New Hampton School 

Harvard University 

Massasoit Community College 

Bridgewater State College 

U. Maine/Farmington 

Villanova University 

Travel 

Loyola College 

Bryant College 

Boston College 

U. Mass/Amherst 

Villanova University 

Boston College 

Westfield State College 

U. Mass/Dartmouth 

Salve Regina University 

Tilton School 

Lynn University 

Connecticut College 

U. Mass/Dartmouth 

Roger Williams University 

Work 

Quinnipiac College 

Northeastern University 

Hofstra University 

Harvard University 

U. Mass/Amherst 

Johnson & Wales University 

U. Mass/Amherst 

University of Notre Dame 

Assumption College 

U. Mass/Amherst 

Massasoit Conmiunity College 

Emmanuel College 

College of Wooster 

U. Mass/Amherst 

Unity 

Lynchburg College 



SCHOOL PROFILE 

Cohasset is a residential community of about 7800 population situated on the coast 20 
miles south of Boston. Most of the residents are engaged in professional and business 
occupations in the city of Boston. The town is one of a high socioeconomic status. 



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SCHOOL ENROLLMENT 

Grade 9 - 80; Grade 10 - 82; Grade 11 - 72; Grade 12 - 63; Total - 297 

GRADE DISTRIBUTION 

Based on grades in academic courses only. 

1998-1999 A BCD F 

26% 44% 21% 6% 3% 

Average grade index for all students in the Junior Year was 3.1 on a 4 -point scale. (A=4; 
B=3; C=2; D=l) 

Students are ranked by the recommendations of the N.A.S.S.P. and A.A.C.R.A.O. 

PLEASE NOTE: Achievement standards and academic expectations are unusually high 
in this very traditional college preparatory high school. Students report an average of 2-3 
hours of homework daily. In the past 10 years the average of all students pursuing 
advanced education was 91%. 

ACCREDITATION 

New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools latest accreditation - 1992 

ADVANCED EDUCATION (Class of 1999) 

4 Yr. Colleges 2 Yr. Colleges 

Public Private Public Private Work Prep School Service 

24% 64% 4% 0% 3% 5% 0% 

97% to further education 

STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 9-1 (Includes AU Professional Staff) 

65% of all classes have 20 or fewer students currently enrolled 

Each subject area is grouped homogeneously independently of other subjects. Each aca- 
demic discipline has honors (Level 1) grouping. We have been a participant in the 
Advanced Placement Program for the past 37 years. This year Advanced Placement 
courses will be offered in art, calculus, English, biology, computer science, European 
History, French, Spanish, and Latin. Language courses employ the use of a language lab- 
oratory. 

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COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATION 
(CLASS OF 1999) 

The mean scores below reflect the test performance of Cohasset High School Seniors. 
These scores are taken from the College Board 1999 ATP Summary Report. 



SAT I Mean Scores 



SAT 11 Mean Scores (5 or more test takers) 



erbal=563 Math = 551 


Biology 


674 




Writing 


628 


.B. The Scholastic Aptitude Test 


Math Level IC 


58 


was taken by 97% of the 


Literature 


603 


graduating class. 


American History 


550 



ADVANCED PLACEMENT GRADE DISTRIBUTION 

BY EXAM AND MEAN SCORES 

(5 or more test takers) 



EXAM 



Biology 
Calculus 
Comp. Sci. A 
Eng. Lang/Comp 
Eng. Lit/Comp 
French Lang. 
Latin Lit. 
Physics B 
Spanish ' 
U.S. History 





MEAN 




SCORE 


5 4 3 2 1 


Mean 


3 6 3 2 


3.71 


2 3 3 3- 


3.36 


1 2 


4.33 


1 3 1 


4.0 


5 5 5 1 


- 3.88 


2 1 


4.67 


21 


- 2.67 


5 1- 


- 3.83 


1 2 5 


3.50 


2 6 5 3 


- 3.44 



Combined mean score for all A.R Exams taken by Cohasset 
High School Juniors and Seniors in 1999 - 3.74 

Eighty eight percent (88%) of all. Exams taken received a score of three or better. 



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GENERAL INFORMATION 

In September, 1997 Cohasset High School changed from an 8 period 42 minute schedul- 
ing model to a 5 period 90 minute block format. This plan was instituted to better meet 
the mandates of time and learning under Massachusetts State Education Reform. As part 
of the restructuring, all study halls have been eliminated. Classes also rotate through the 
schedule and one period is dropped daily. With the block schedule, the length of courses 
varies from one quarter, to one semester, to three quarters. All students are required to take 
3 quarters of English each year, and 3 quarters of Algebra I. Advanced Placement cours- 
es are a full year as well. The majority of the remaining academic classes are one semester 
in length. 

COURSE LEGEND 

WEIGHTED COURSES 

1999-2000 



En glish 

English 9-12 
AP English Composition 
A? English Literature 
Theater Arts 



Mathematics 

Algebra I 

Geometry 

Algebra 11 

Functions 

Pre-Calculus 

AP Calculus 

AP Computer Science 

Math SAT 

Tech & Applied Math 



World Lang ua g e 

French 1-4 
AP French 
Latin 1-4 
AP Latin 
Spanish 1-4 

AP Spanish 

Science & Technolog y 

Investigating Matter 

Investigating Energy 

Biology 

Chemistry 

Advanced Topics in Chemistry 

Anatomy & Physiology 

Environmental Science 

Marine Biology 

Advanced Topics in Physics 

AP Biology 

Physics 



Social Studies 

World History 9-10 
U.S. History 
AP European History 
AP U.S. History 
Cohasset Maritime 

History 
Sociology 
Economics 
Psychology 
International Relations 
Current Domestic Issues 
Street Law 

Fine Arts 

Art Major 
Studio Art 
APArt 
Photograjphy Major 



CLASS RANK AND GRADE POINT AVERAGE INFORMATION 

Class Rank and Grade Point Average are calculated by computer at the end of every year 
from Grade 9 through Grade 12. This information is readily available and students are 
advised to check their rank in class periodically in order to improve upon past perfor- 
mance and to assess their potential college admission. 



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Class Rank and Grade Point Average are computed according to course and section diffi- 
culty. The four (4) levels of difficulty are: 

A. Advanced Placement courses 

B. Level one representing honors courses 

C. Level two representing a rigorous college preparatory program 

D. Level three representing courses that are college preparatory 

Non-academic electives have no weight and therefore have no bearing on Class Rank or 
Grade Point Average. 

WEIGHTING SCALE 



Curriculum 


Advanced 


1 


2 


3 


Levels 


Placement 








A 


5.00 


4.33 


4.00 


3.67 


A- 


4.67 


4.00 


3.67 


3.33 


B+ 


4.33 


3.67 


3.33 


3.00 


B 


4.00 


3.33 


3.00 


2.67 


B- 


3.67 


3.00 


2.67 


2.33 


C+ 


3.33 


2.67 


2.33 


2.00 


C 


3.00 


2.33 


2.00 


1.67 


C_ 


2.67 


2.00 


1.67 


1.33 


D+ 


2.33 


1.67 


1.33 


1.00 


D 


2.00 


1.33 


1.00 


. .67 


D- 


1.67 


1.00 


.67 


.33 



Example: A grade of B in an Advanced Placement course would receive a weight of 4.00 
while a grade of B in a Level 2 academic subject would receive a weight of 3.00. In other 
words, there is a difference of a full grade between an Advanced Placement grade and a 
grade in the Level 2 Program. 



GRADING SYSTEM 



A = 94-100 


C = 


74-76 


A- = 90-93 


c- = 


70-73 


B+ = 87-89 


D+ = 


67-69 


B = 84-86 


D = 


64-66 


B- = 80-83 


D- = 


60-63 


C+ = 77-79 


F = 


Below 60 



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SOUTH SHORE REGIONAL VOCATIONAL fflGH SCHOOL 

District's Design Targets Well Rounded Preparation ^ 
in Needed Skills and Career Paths 

Wiih virtually every week headlining one MCAS testing story or another, the 1999-2000 
school year at South Shore Vocational Technical High School has taken on the invigorat- 
ed spirit of accountability that is gripping districts throughout the Commonwealth. The 
delivery of quality vocational technical education, together with the always critical 
emphasis on solid, basic academic skill preparedness, remains our mission. Balancing the 
academic MCAS requirement for graduation with the demands of technical career 
employers requires some creative allocation of time and resources. Important to the Town 
of Cohasset, and certainly the entire district, is the successful integration of instruction 
and focus on the current and future needs of the enrolled young people, as well as in the 
workplace that is demanding ever broadening talents. 

Presently, five of the total enrollment of 519 hail from Cohasset. June of 1999 celebrated 
the graduation of the following students firom the Town: Gregory Connolly and Timothy 
Herzog. 

Graduates continue to flourish through acceptance at a diverse variety of two-and four- 
year college and technical schools and placement in a broad field of technically related 
career opportunities. 

Returning to the realities of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System 
(MCAS) and its impact on local strategies, the following represents several of the initia- 
tives undertaken at South Shore, of which townspeople should be made aware: 

• Staff development in Writing Programs 

• Curriculum alignment with State Frameworks 

• Increase in Math Instructional Time 

• Summer School and Incoming Student Academy 

• After School Tutoring and "Saturday School" 

• MCAS Remediation Work and Computer Lab Support. 

• Science Curriculum for 9th and 10th Grades 

• Ongoing efforts to bridge the Vocational-Technical and Academics 
expectations aimed at successftil acquisition of skills. 



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As in most schools, MCAS is not the only factor being addressed, but it is a major force. 
South Shore continues to make every effort to meet the needs of its major constituency, 
the students who attend the school. The district also strives to continue working with 
member towns through community service projects, our partnerships with business and 
industry, and an ever growing alumni base. We are also cognizant of the ongoing strug- 
gle to balance financial resources and our responsibility to all parties concerned. We 
promise to continue to give our best effort and are thankful for the support consistently 
shown in return. We look forward to furthering the positive relationship which exists 
between the Town of Cohasset and the South Shore Regional School District. 



Respectfully submitted, 

David M. Kneeland, Cohasset Representative 



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INDEX 

In Memoriam 3 

Elected Officials 4 

Appointed Officers 10 

GENERAL GOVERNMENT 

Archivist 20 

Registrars, Board of 21 

Selectmen, Board of 22 

Town Clerk's Report 26 

Index, Annual Town Meeting, March 27, 1999 27 

Annual Town Meeting, March 27, 1999 28 

Annual Town Election, April 10, 1999 66 

Special Town Meeting, May 17, 1999 70 

Special Town Election, May 22, 1999 77 

Index, Special Town Meeting, December 6, 1999 79 

Special Town Meeting, December 6, 1999 80 

Special Town Election,, December 11, 1999 101 

Vital Statistics 102 

Election Officers, 1999 Ill 

Prospective Juror List Ill 

Town Counsel 112 



FINANCLVL REPORTS 

Accountant 115 

Assessors, Board of 149 

Collector 151 

Salaries 153 

Treasurer. 159 

LAND USE CONTROL 

Building Department 160 

Greenbush Mitigation Committee 161 

Health, Board of 162 

Metropolitan Area Planning Council 164 

Planning Board 167 

Plymouth County Mosquito Control 167 

Recycling Committee 169 

South Shore Recycling Co-operative 170 

Water Resources Protection Committee 172 



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PUBLIC SAFETY 

Animal Control 174 

Emergency Management 175 

Fire Department 176 

Police Department 177 

Public Safety Communications 179 

PUBLIC WORKS 

Cemetery Smdy Committee 180 

Government Island Smdy Committee 180 

Public Works, Department of 181 

Sewer Commission 183 

Water Commissioners 184 

HUMAN SERVICES 

Cohasset Housing Authority 191 

Council on Elder Affairs 192 

Historical Commission 197 

Paul Pratt Memorial Library 198 

Recreation Commission 199 

Social Service League 200 

Youth Resources Conmiittee 202 

EDUCATION 

Graduates, Class of 1999 203 

School Conmiittee and Superintendent of Schools 204 

South Shore Regional Vo-Tech High School 214 



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